In the upper Chattahoochee River basin, where some populations of shoal bass, Micropterus cataractae Williams & Burgess, are imperilled, age and growth data are lacking. Age and growth of shoal bass in this basin were assessed with non‐lethal means using scales and mark–recapture. Mark–recapture data allowed for estimation of accuracy and determination of effects of any scale‐based inaccuracies on growth models. Scale‐based age estimates were accurate for 57% of the samples, and errors of 1 to 3 years included equal numbers of over‐ and underestimates of age. von Bertalanffy growth models based on scale ages were similar to those based on mark–recapture ages for ages 3–8 but noticeably divergent for younger and older fish. Scales provided estimates of longevity up to 12 years of age, and growth models produced from mark–recapture suggest scale ages underestimated age, especially for older fish. These populations of shoal bass live longer and grow slower than other populations, suggesting regional management strategies may be needed.
|Title||Evaluation of ageing accuracy with complementary non‐lethal methods for slow‐growing, northern populations of shoal bass|
|Authors||James M. Long, C. T. Holley, A. T. Taylor|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Fisheries Management and Ecology|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Coop Res Unit Atlanta|