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Title: Tag-shedding rates for tropical tuna species in the Atlantic Ocean estimated from double-tagging data
Authors: Gaertner, D.; Guery, L.; Goni, Nicolas; Amande, J.; Alayon, P. Pascual; N'Gom, F.; Pereira, J.; Addi, E.; Ailloud, L.; Beare, D.
Abstract: An objective of the Atlantic Ocean Tropical tuna Tagging Programme (AOTTP) was to estimate Type-I (immediate) and Type-II (long-term) tag-shedding rates for tropical Atlantic tunas from double-tagging experiments. Historical information on tuna tag-shedding studies conducted in different parts of the world was incorporated as prior distributions using a Bayesian approach to estimate the new tag-shedding parameters. Type-I and Type-II tag-shedding rates were respectively estimated at 0.007 and 0.084/yr for bigeye tuna, 0.021 and 0.051/yr for skipjack and 0.021 and 0.088/yr for yellowfin tuna. Using realizations derived from the MCMC posterior distributions, the shedding rate was estimated to reach 50\% of the tags after seven and a half years at sea for yellowfin and after eight years at sea for bigeye tuna. The loss rate of conventional tags is lower for skipjack. Our results suggested that continuous Type-II shedding rate is size-dependant for yellowfin and bigeye (i.e., showing a three-fold increase between individuals less than 45 cm fork length (FL) at release and fishes larger than 65 cm FL). This study reinforces the need to account for tag-shedding along with other sources of uncertainty, such as reporting rate, in order to accurately estimate the exploitation and mortality rates derived from tagging data.
Keywords: Tropical tunas; Atlantic Ocean; Tag-shedding estimates; Bayesian analysis; BLUEFIN TUNA; KATSUWONUS-PELAMIS; SKIPJACK TUNA; MODEL; ASSUMPTION; MORTALITY; WESTERN
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: ELSEVIER
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2021.106211
ISSN: 0165-7836
E-ISSN: 1872-6763
Funder: Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission
CISEF consortium (Cote d'Ivoire) [ICCAT/AOTTP 22/2018]
CISEF consortium (Cap Vert) [ICCAT/AOTTP 22/2018]
CISEF consortium (Senegal) [ICCAT/AOTTP 22/2018]
CISEF consortium (Spain) [ICCAT/AOTTP 22/2018]
CISEF consortium (France) [ICCAT/AOTTP 22/2018]
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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