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Zhu Qinghuan, Tian Yongjun, Zhang Chi, Ye Zhenjiang, Xu Binduo. Daily age and growth of young-of-the-year Scomberomorus niphonius in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea based on otolith microstructure[J]. Haiyang Xuebao, 2020, 42(2): 87-95

Daily age and growth of young-of-the-year Scomberomorus niphonius in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea based on otolith microstructure

Zhu Qinghuan, Tian Yongjun, Zhang Chi, Ye Zhenjiang, Xu Binduo
Fisheries College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, China
The growth of fish is an important factor affecting the stock biomass. Studying the pattern of fish growth underpins fish stock assessment. This study was conducted based on otolith microstructure analysis of young-of-the-year (YOY) Scomberomorus niphonius collected from September to October in 2016 and August to October in 2017 from the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. The hatching dates were determined for each individual. The growth models were established and the growth rates were calculated. The results showed that the age range of YOY S. niphonius was 64–151 d. The hatching dates fell between 3 May and 15 June, with a peak between 20 May and 3 June. The Logistic model gave the best fit to growth of fork length and body weight. The average absolute growth rate and specific growth rate of the fork length were 2.45 mm/d and 0.85 %/d, respectively. The growth rate decreased slightly with the increase of age. The average absolute growth rate and specific growth rate of body weight were 5.33 g/d and 2.68%/d, respectively. The maximum absolute growth rate and maximum specific growth rate occurred at 111–120 d and 91–100 d, respectively. The results of this study showed that the growth of YOY S. niphonius varied with age, and the early growth of the S. niphonius accelerated further than before.
Key words:    Japanese Spanish mackerel    young-of-the-year    otolith microstructure    daily age    growth    Yellow Sea    Bohai Sea   
Received: 2019-02-28   Revised: 2019-05-15
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