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Age & Growth Program

Estimated production figures for 1 January
through June 2008.  Total production
figures were 14,839 with 4,598 test ages and
185 examined and determined to be unageable.
Species  Specimens
Aged
 Flathead sole
1,650         
 Rex sole
596         
 Northern rock sole
465         
 Yellowfin sole
317         
 Bering flounder
58         
 Kamchatka flounder
112         
 Walleye pollock
6,020         
 Sablefish
1,196         
 Atka mackerel
147         
 Rougheye rockfish
861         
 Shortraker rockfish
690         
 Dusky rockfish
861         
 Quillback rockfish
41         
 Warty sculpin
683         
 Plain sculpin
780         
 Bigmouth sculpin
90         
 Yellow Irish lord
272         

 

Committee of Age Reading Experts (CARE) Turns 25

The Committee of Age Reading Experts (CARE) held its meeting for 2008 at the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British Columbia, as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the famous fisheries laboratory. (Totally unnoticed was the recognition that CARE itself, founded in 1983, could have been celebrating its own 25th anniversary!)

CARE was founded by the Technical Subcommittee of the International (Canada/U.S.) Groundfish Committee. Since its founding, CARE has been an important point of interaction for age readers on the Pacific Coast of North America from California to Alaska. Historically all age readers are welcome to the CARE meetings, but core membership has come from California, Oregon Washington, and Alaska, NMFS laboratories, and the Pacific Biological Station.

The work of CARE has always been to provide a hands-on workshop that allows fish age readers to come together and compare their ageing methodology and ageing criteria, so that their age estimates would be as accurate and consistent as possible. In recent years significant blocks of time have been provided to present otolith research and age validation studies.

The fact that CARE meetings have been held every 2 years since 1986, almost always at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, is a testament to the recognized value of CARE.

By Dan Kimura

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