Abundance and impact of fishing on a stone crab (Menippe merceneria) population in Everglades National Park, Florida

N. M. Ehrhardt, D. J. Die, V. R. Restrepo

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Abstract

An important stock is centered in the area off Cape Sable. The fishing season (15 October-15 May) corresponded to a period between 2 consecutive recruitment seasons. An adult male stock recruited in the spring and summer of 1984 was almost fully utilized during the first 5 months of the season. The fishery was subsequently sustained by new 1985 spring recruitment. On an annual basis, exploitation rate for the stock is 0.318, which represents a 63.6% level of stock utilization. The fishing season may have a dual role of protecting berried females during peak summer spawning, as well as acting as a buffer against fishing exploitation. Under new regulations all commercial fishing activities ceased as of 31 December 1985. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-323
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of Marine Science
Volume46
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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