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Early Life History of Marine Fishes$
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Bruce Miller and Sirpa Nummela

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249721

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249721.001.0001

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Population Dynamics and Recruitment

Population Dynamics and Recruitment

(p.180) (p.181) Chapter 6 Population Dynamics and Recruitment
Early Life History of Marine Fishes

Bruce S. Miller

Arthur W. Kendall

University of California Press

Population dynamics is the study of fluctuations in abundance of populations. It considers how much populations vary, and over what timescales, and seeks to find the causes of these variations. Much of the study of population dynamics in fishes has focused on recruitment, since variations in annual reproductive output of populations seem to drive population abundance in most fishes. Recruitment is the number of juveniles in a population that annually survives the egg and larval stages. This chapter discusses the population dynamics of fishes, focusing on specific topics such as the factors affecting fish egg, larvae, and juvenile survival, causes of fish population fluctuations, and life history of fishes. This chapter also presents the different recruitment studies that have been conducted, discusses the future direction of recruitment studies.

Keywords:   fishes, population dynamics, fish eggs, early life stages, larval fish, developmental stages

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