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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2020, Vol 20, Num, 12     (Pages: 845-855)

Population Aspects of Graceful Mojarra Eucinostomus gracilis (Perciformes: Gerreidae) in a Coastal Lagoon in the Tropical Eastern Pacific

Carlos Rabago-Quiroz 1 ,Jesús Padilla-Serrato 2-3 ,Juana López-Martínez 4 ,Juan García-Borbón 1 ,Joaquin D. Magaña 5

1 Instituto Nacional de Pesca y Acuacultura. Centro Regional de Investigación Acuícola y Pesquera (CRIAP) La Paz, Baja California Sur, México.
2 Facultad de Ecología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (UAGro), C.P. 39390, Acapulco Guerrero México
3 Dirección de Cátedras-CONACYT, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), C.P. 03940, Ciudad de México, México
4 Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR), S.C., Unidad Sonora, Campus Guaymas. Guaymas, Sonora, México.
5 University of Belize, Belmopan Campus, Cayo, Belize
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v20_12_01 Viewed : 2132 - Downloaded : 1479 Graceful mojarra (Eucinostomus gracilis) is an important component of the ichthyic fauna of lagoon systems but knowledge of its population aspects is scarce. Monthly samples in the Magdalena-Almejas Lagoon system (March-August, 2014-2017) were obtained with a trawling net. Abundance was estimated using the swept area method and its spatial variation; and the maturity size was determined using the logistic method. The sex ratio for mature and immature populations, and their length-weight relationship were estimated; FISAT was used to estimate the growth and recruitment parameters. Abundance ranged from 0.6 to 203 ind-Ha-1 with changes for each lagoon system areas and among years. Size at maturity (L50) was 132 mm in total length (TL) for the population, 129 mm TL females, and 135 mm TL males. Considering the population of the total organisms, L50 indicated that 18% were adults and 82% were juveniles. Juvenile dominance indicated that this lagoon system is used for grow-out. The smaller ratio of adult organisms does not allow asserting assertion that the priority of the area is for reproduction. E. gracilis showed moderate growth (K = 0.56 year-1) with longevity of 5.4 years and asymptotic length of L = 195 mm. Keywords : Eucinostomus gracillis, Magdalena Bay, Size at maturity, Growth, Recruitment