Growth changes in bighand thornyhead Sebastolobus macrochir off the Pacific coast of northern Honshu, Japan
Hattori, T.; Narimatsu, Y.; Ito, M.; Ueda, Y.; Fujiwara, K.; Kitagawa, D.
Fisheries science 73(2): 341-347
The biomass of bighand thornyhead Sebastolobus macrochir was increased by the high recruitment success of the 1999-2002 year classes off the Pacific coast of northern Honshu, Japan. In this study, the growth of bighand thornyhead was examined over a 9-year period from 1996 to 2004 in this area. The growth of the 1999 year class and the 2000-2002 year classes was reduced at 3 and 2 years old, respectively, while the 1999-2002 year classes were smaller than the 1993-1998 year classes. In 2-, 3- and 4-year-old fish, the relationship between abundance and mean standard length was expressed by negative linear regressions, while fish became smaller when abundance of the year class was larger. Mean bottom temperatures were stable at depths of 350-900 m; variations in water temperature were small in the main distribution area of bighand thornyhead. We discuss the factors affecting the growth of bighand thornyhead via changes in the demersal fish community and feeding habits.