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Fishing through time: population dynamics of plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) in the Kattegat-Skagerrak over a century

Cardinale, Massimiliano; Hagberg, Jacob; Svedang, Henrik; Bartolino, Valerio; Gedamke, Todd; Hjelm, Joakim; Borjesson, Patrik; Noren, Fredrik


Over the past century, advances in technology and historical events such as climate change have resulted in significant changes in the exploitation pattern, population sizes and the potential yield of fish stocks. These variations provide contrast in the data that improves our knowledge on population dynamics and our ability to develop management strategies for long-term sustainable exploitation. In this study, we use a standardized scientific trawl survey to obtain a historical time series (1901-2007) of relative abundance, recruitment and size structure for plaice in the Kattegat-Skagerrak. Our work extends the available time series by more than 80 years so that the evaluation of trends is more informative than is possible from the current assessment. We show that the current adult biomass is approximately 40% of the maximum observed at the beginning of the century and during the 1960s. The average maximum individual length has been reduced by 10 cm over the studied time period. An analysis of trends in mean length indicates that fishing mortality was variable during the first half of the century and has increased steadily over the past 20 years. Recruitment has been the highest on record during recent years, suggesting that the alleged link between coastal environmental degradation and juvenile survival is of low importance. The overall findings of our work will provide managers with a historical perspective on the population dynamics of the stock, which will support the long-term management of plaice in the Kattegat-Skagerrak.


Historical; Pre-massive exploitation period; Population dynamic; Research survey

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Population Ecology
2010, Volym: 52, nummer: 2, sidor: 251-262

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