The study of reproductive traits of fishes can contribute to estimates of population size and to predictions of population growth or decline (Lowerre-Barbieri et al. 2011). While often applicable to the management and assessment of fisheries stocks, understanding a species’ reproductive traits can also be useful in the management of invasive, pest, or overpopulated species. Determination of sex and reproductive phase are primary steps in assessing population demographic parameters, and macroscopic techniques allow for low cost data collection. This study incorporates aspects of applied fish reproductive biology (Kjesbu 2009) with the development of an applied tool for data collection, and contributes to the population assessment and management of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in Biscayne National Park, FL.
Davenport, Megan, "An applied approach to macroscopic gonadal assessment in invasive Pterois volitans and its application in citizen science and data collection at Biscayne National Park" (2015). Internship Reports (Restricted). 48.
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