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Latin american journal of aquatic research

On-line version ISSN 0718-560X

Abstract

VILLALEJO-FUERTE, Marcial et al. The density of the bivalve Spondylus limbatus in Agua Verde-Tembabiche Gulf of California, Mexico. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2020, vol.48, n.1, pp.162-166. ISSN 0718-560X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol48-issue1-fulltext-2141.

This study estimated the population density of Spondylus limbatus at six fishing banks that are representative of the Gulf of California, Mexico. Each bank was identified in July 2011. There were significant differences in density between banks, and a steady north-to-south decrease in density that was fitted to a potential model. At low densities, S. limbatus showed a lower variability in size. Since the densities of S. limbatus are suitable for commercial exploitation, sustainable extraction can be performed under a population recovery approach. Also, this study represents a baseline for the evaluation and monitoring of populations of this species through time and contributes to set general guidelines for the assessment of commercial feasibility and exploitation criteria.

Keywords : Spondylus limbatus; bivalve mollusks; abundance; fishery; Gulf of California.

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