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Age and Growth Program

 

A quick look at groundfish species aged at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center

 
 

This table supplies a brief history of the ageing of groundfish species at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. The coefficient of variation provides a very rough indication of the difficulty age readers have in producing precise ages. However, it should be kept in mind that the experience level of the age readers will also have a significance influence on the precision of the ages being generated.

The history categories themselves provides a combination of our overall experience in ageing a particular species as it relates to volume, corroborative information, and difficulties that have been encountered. The history category does not express the actual difficulty of the different species, but instead provides a crude history summary that can be compared across species.

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  Species

History Category

Percent CV

Production species

Occasional species

Corroboration with dominant yr classes

No major ageing problems

Some ageing problems

Current research

AFSC Validation

Known Age

OTC

Pb-210 / Ra-226

C14

MIA

Tags

  Alaska plaice

H3

2.91

X

X

X

  Arrowtooth flounder

H5

8.37

X

 

X

  Atka mackerel

H3

2.72

X

X

X

X

  Bering flounder

H4

1.94

X

X

  Bigmouth sculpin

H6

NA

 

X

 

X

  Big skate

H4

NA

 

X

 

X

  Dark rockfish

H3

3.48

X

X

  Dover sole

H4

10.64

X

X

X

X

  Dusky rockfish

H3

3.18

X

X

  Flathead sole

H5

7.09

X

 

X

  Giant grenadier

H6

NA

X

X

X

  Great sculpin

H4

6.78

X

 

X

  Greenland turbot

H6

6.71

X

X

X

  Harlequin rockfish

H3

4.23

X

X

  Kamchatka flounder

H4

9.23

 

X

 

  Longhead dab

H4

NA

 

X

X

  Longnose skate

H4

NA

 

X

 

X

  Northern rock sole

H3

2.94

X

X

X

  Northern rockfish

H3

4.13

X

X

X

X

X

X

  Pacific cod

H5

7.74

X

X

W otolith

  Pacific ocean perch

H2

6.37

X

X

X

X

X

X

  Redstripe rockfish

H3

NA

X

X

  Rex sole

H5

8.76

X

 

X

  Rougheye rockfish

H5

8.11

X

X

X

  Sablefish

H1

10.83

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

  Sharpchin rockfish

H4

6.51

X

X

  Shortraker rockfish

H6

NA

X

X

 

X

  Shortspine thornyhead

H6

NA

X

X

X

  Southern rock sole

H3

5.23

 

X

X

  Walleye pollock

H2

4.40

X

X

X

X

  Warty sculpin

H6

NA

 

X

X

  Yellowfin sole

H3

2.89

X

 

X

X

 

 X

 

 

 

X

 

 

  Yellow Irish lord

H6

NA

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



History Categories of Aged Species

H1. Species which are production aged with age validation through known age fish or OTC marks. Also ages are corroborated through experience and strong year-classes. No major ageing problems are apparent.

H2. Species which are production aged and corroborated with a weaker validation such as radiometric Pb-210/Ra-226 or C14. Year classes make sense, and no major ageing problems are apparent.

H3. Species which are production aged and are corroborated through experience: marginal increment analysis and/or strong year-classes. No major ageing problems are apparent.

H4. Species for which we have only very limited ageing experience. However, no major ageing problems are apparent from the specimens examined.

H5. Species for which we have substantial experience, but where a significant number of specimens may be very difficult to age. Research however indicates ages are reasonably correct and should provide good statistics on average age and longevity.

H6. Species for which we have had little experience, but will require more research to obtain usable age data. Ageing may require special techniques and ages are only approximate.

Validation Terms

Known age: otoliths from species of known age.

OTC: otoliths from fish tagged with oxytetracycline.

Pb-210/Ra-226: radiometric age validation.

C14: radiocarbon age validation.

MIA:  marginal increment analysis.

Tags: recoveries or otoliths from tagged fish.

 




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