@article{ Estimate of exploitation rates and population size of skipjack tuna off the southeastern coast of Brazil _1985, volume={33}, url={https://revistas.usp.br/biocean/article/view/6597}, DOI={10.1590/S1679-87591985000100003}, abstractNote={ Size compositions and total landings of skipjack tuna caught in the southeastern Brazilian waters by bait-boats are used as the basis of the assessment of the population for 1980-1983 period, employing the length cohort analysis and virtual population analysis. From monthly size frequency data it is suggested that there is constant immigration and emigration of different modal groups in the fishing area with an interval of two to three months. The exploitation rate was very low for length class between 35-45 cm FL, then increased gradually. The weighted mean exploitation rates were 0.060 and 0.448, respectively for length classes smaller and larger than 55 cmFL. The estimate of the average number of fish attaining a size of 43 cm FL (recruit) was 11.0 x 10(6) fish for assumed values of M - 0.7 and K = 0.307. Increasing the fishing mortality rate by 30% and 50%, an estimated increment in yield is 8% and 12%, respectively. From virtual population analysis, we obtained the biomass estimate of skipjack population older than two years-old to be 70.3 thousand tonnes for assumed value of M = 0.7 and the estimated MSY was 24.6 thousand tonnes. }, number={1}, journal={Boletim do Instituto OceanogrÃ¡fico}, year={1985}, month={jan.}, pages={29â€“38} }