Estimates growth and mortality parameters from length frequency data.
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boundaries and mid point.
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vector with length distribution
vector with numbers in each length bin
a vector of with intervals as names
Beverton and Holt (1956) developed a method to estimate population parameters such as total mortality (Z) from length data i.e.
Powell (1979) then developed a method, extended by Wetherall et al. (1987), to estimate growth and mortality parameters. This assumes that the right hand tail of a length frequency distribution is determined by the asymptotic length L and the ratio between Z and the growth rate K.
The Beverton and Holt methods assumes good estimates for K and $L_\infty$, while the Powell-Wetherall method only requires an estimate of K, since $L_\infty$ is estimated by the method as well as Z/K. These method therefore provide estimates for Z/K, if K is unknown and Z if K is known.
As well as assuming that growth follows the von Bertalanffy growth function, it is also assumed that the population is in a steady state with constant exponential mortality, no changes in selection pattern of the fishery and constant recruitment.
In the Powell-Wetherall method $L^\prime$ can take any value between the smallest and largest sizes. Equation 1 then provides a series of estimates of Z and since
a and b can be estimated by a regression analysis where
Therefore plotting $\overlineL-L^\prime$ against $L^\prime$ provides an estimate of $L_\infty$ and Z/K from
If K is known Z can also be esimated
len (length) and
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R. Beverton and S. Holt. Review of method for estimating mortality rates in exploited fish populations, with special reference to sources of bias in catch sampling. Rapports et Proces-Verbaux., 140(1): 67–83, 1956.
D. G. Powell. Estimation of mortality and growth parameters from the length frequency of a catch [model]. Rapports et Proces-Verbaux des Reunions, 175, 1979.
J. Wetherall, J. Polovina, and S. Ralston. Estimating growth and mortality in steady-state fish stocks from length-frequency data. ICLARM Conf. Proc, pages 53–74, 1987.
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