Modelling the mixing of herring stocks between the Baltic and the North Sea from otolith data

Clara Ulrich, Søren Lorentzen Post, Lotte Worsøe Clausen, Casper Willestofte Berg, Mikael van Deurs, Henrik Mosegaard, Mark Payne

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Herring catches in the western Baltic, Kattegat and Skagerrak consist of a mixture of stocks, mainly North Sea autumn spawners (NSAS) and western Baltic spring spawners (WBSS), which is managed through a single TAC. Catches of these two stocks are split using otolith microstructures from Danish and Swedish commercial landings and surveys samples for the purpose of stock assessment. But the split estimates from sampling data are highly variable and noisy. Better
understanding of the migration and exploitation patterns involved could therefore potentially improve the stock assessment as well as provide solutions to the complex management of this mix. The stock‐specific seasonal trends in distribution of the two main stocks from otolith data were analysed using a generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) of stock composition. The results show
a clear seasonal and age‐related pattern and are consistent with existing ideas about the migration patterns of WBSS and NSAS within Division IIIa and adjacent waters. This work therefore provides the foundation for the development of a more rational management of the herring stocks in this area
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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