Estimates of growth and comparisons of growth rates determined from length-and-age-based models for populations of purple wrasse (Notolabrus fucicola)
Welsford, D and Lyle, JM, Estimates of growth and comparisons of growth rates determined from length-and-age-based models for populations of purple wrasse (Notolabrus fucicola), Fishery Bulletin, 103, (4) pp. 697-711. ISSN 0090-0656 (2005) [Refereed Article]
Growth of a temperate reef-associated fish, the purple wrasse (Notolabrus fucicola), was examined from two sites on the east coast of Tasmania by using age- and length-based models. Models based on the von Bertalanffy growth function, in the standard and a reparameterized form, were constructed by using otolith-derived age estimates. Growth trajectories from tag-recaptures were used to construct length-based growth models derived from the GROTAG model, in turn a reparameterization of the Fabens model. Likelihood ratio tests (LRTs) determined the optimal parameterization of the GROTAG model, including estimators of individual growth variability, seasonal growth, measurement error, and outliers for each data set. Growth models and parameter estimates were compared by bootstrap confidence intervals, LRTs, and randomization tests and plots of bootstrap parameter estimates. The relative merit of these methods for comparing models and parameters was evaluated; LRTs combined with bootstrapping and randomization tests provided the most insight into the relationships between parameter estimates. Significant differences in growth of purple wrasse were found between sites in both length- and age-based models. A significant difference in the peak growth season was found between sites, and a large difference in growth rate between sexes was found at one site with the use of length-based models.