Measuring intrinsic rebound potential in exploited fish populations – example for sharks

paper8Published online on 22. January 2015

New abbreviated calculation for measuring intrinsic rebound potential in exploited fish populations–example for sharks

David W. Au, Susan E. Smith, Christina Show


Intrinsic rebound potential, the demographic measure of a fish population’s productivity that sustains a given mortality, relates to a species’ resiliency, and can be useful for understanding and evaluating the status of exploited populations, especially those poorly monitored and of low productivity like many sharks. The rebound potential is derived from the Euler-Lotka equation, and, with the dynamics kept simple, is easily calculated for a given total mortality, needing only a species’ age at maturity and its natural mortality (M). Its value can be quickly read from an isopleth diagram, whose contour pattern shows the interdependence of these two key parameters among different life histories. How the rebound potentials change as a function of age at maturity and the full range of possible M values also shows a way to estimate a species’ natural mortality bounds. Importance of the age at maturity parameter is stressed.

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 10.1139/cjfas-2014-0360



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