Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) is a commercially valuable groundfish species in Alaska, with the population assessed annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Sablefish recruit into the commercially fished population at 2 years old and are poorly sampled by most surveys before that age. However, information on the abundance, distribution, and size of pre-recruitment age fish is valuable as an ecosystem indicator for older fish. Size and an index of growth rate of age-0 sablefish were quantified using samples from seabird diets at Middleton Island, Alaska, an island in the northern Gulf of Alaska. Age-0 sablefish information may serve as an indicator for potential recruitment into older age populations. This report (1) provides information on the data collection for age-0 sablefish from seabird diets at Middleton Island, Alaska from 1978 to 2022, (2) describes a method for quantifying age-0 sablefish size and growth rate, and (3) describes the size and growth rate of sablefish sampled over time. An annual release of age-0 sablefish size and growth data by U.S. Geological Survey based on continued collections on Middleton Island, Alaska, may be used to assess ecosystem status and as a recruitment indicator for sablefish.
|Title||Age-0 sablefish size and growth indices from seabird diets at Middleton Island, Gulf of Alaska|
|Authors||Mayumi L. Arimitsu, Scott A. Hatch|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Open-File Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Alaska Science Center Ecosystems|