Horse mackerel fecundity in relation to lipid content

C.J.G. van Damme, L. Dransfeld, A.T.G.W. Eltink, M. Krueger-Johnsen, J.R. Perez, J. Ulleweit, P.R. Witthames

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    During the 2004 mackerel and horse mackerel triennial egg survey fecundity of horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus L.) was estimated using a new gravimetric and image analysis system. The fecundity estimates and mean oocyte diameters showed great variation between and within different institutes. Horse mackerel fecundity increased during the spawning season and showed no decline at the end of the spawning season. This indicates that this species is likely to be an indeterminate spawner. The lipid content was estimated from whole horse mackerel collected during the three months prior and during the spawning season. Lipid content rapidly decreased during the period of ovary development prior to the onset of spawning, but remained rather constant during spawning. A relationship between fecundity and lipid content could not be found. A time series of lipid content estimates collected annually or triennially might provide an index for changes in fecundity over time. Sampling needs to be carried out prior to the onset of spawning, when fat content is at its highest. Annual stomach content estimates collected in successive years might provide an index for food availability and feeding success. The stomach analysis carried out in 2004 indicated that horse mackerel was feeding only at a low level during the spawning period
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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