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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- John A. Musick, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- Ramon Bonfil, Wildlife Conservation Society
Management Techniques for Elasmobranch Fisheries
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 474
This publication describes the scientific principles and techniques used for resource management of elasrnobranch fisheries with emphasis on the particular context of elasmobranchs. The management characteristics of these fishes are described - their common bycatch character and their biological constraints on productivity (low growth rate, late maturity and Tow fecundity). Stock assessment of elasrnobranchs is described in the context of rnanagement objectives in a wide management context. Special attention is given to accurate species identification given the prevalent aggregating of landings data across species, genera and often families in this group. Techniques and experiences for tagging elasmobranchs for population estimation are described as well as methods of genetic techniques for stock identification. Methods and problems involved in determining ,age, growth, fecundity and mortality rates are described and their use in age-structured models Within the context of the reproductive biology of these fishes. Demographic models to determine the productive of elasmobranch resources are described, Use of surveys to,complement information derived from fisheries is described together with management measures, Last, practices of shark utilization are noted.
Musick, John A., "Introduction: management of sharks and their relatives (Elasmobranchii)" (2005). VIMS Books and Book Chapters. 23.