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Evaluating catchability assumptions for change-in-ratio and index-removal estimators, with application to southern rock lobster


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Frusher, SD and Hoenig, JM and Ihde, TF (2007) Evaluating catchability assumptions for change-in-ratio and index-removal estimators, with application to southern rock lobster. Fisheries Research, 84 (2). pp. 254-262. ISSN 0165-7836

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Change-in-ratio (CIR) and index-removal (IR) methods can be used to estimate exploitation rate when a survey is conducted before and after a
harvest. When the magnitude of the harvest is also known, it is possible to estimate the abundance and the survey catchability coefficient.We present
three diagnostic procedures for evaluating whether the assumptions of constant catchability appear reasonable. We show for the CIR method that
it is not necessary to assume the two defined groups (generally, legal, and sublegal size animals) have equal catchability: if sublegal size animals
are unexploited the estimated exploitation rate for the legal size group is unbiased. The assumption for the CIR method that the ratio of survey
catchabilities of the two size groups does not vary over time can be evaluated by comparing the size composition of sublegal size animals over time
in the surveys. For the IR method, the assumption that survey catchability remains constant over time can be evaluated by comparing the catch
rates of sublegal sized animals before and after the fishing season. The assumption that all animals have the same catchability at a point in time,
necessary for the IR method, can be evaluated by estimating the population separately by size group and comparing the sum of the population
estimates with the estimate of the total population computed from all of the data; this requires that the harvest be known by size group. Data from
the southern rock lobster fishery in Tasmania are used to illustrate these techniques.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Change-in-ratio; Index-removal; Lobsters; Diagnostics
Journal or Publication Title: Fisheries Research
Publisher: Elsevier
Page Range: pp. 254-262
ISSN: 0165-7836
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2006.11.002
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:02
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