Age and growth parameters of skates of the genus Bathyraja obtained between 2003-2005 along the Argentine continental shelf

In the last 20 years directed shark and ray fishery has increased alarmingly everywhere in the world. For most species though, no data on growth rate, mortality, fecundity and other life history aspects exist as of now and management of the fishery is therefore insufficient. Also there still exist methodological difficulties in the age determination of elasmobranchs fishes, a fact which complicates the investigation of growth parameters. This study tried to identify the best ageing methods and estimate growth parameters for ten skate species of the genus Bathyraja, all occurring in the southwest Atlantic in depths of 50m and more. 720 samples were collected on board of argentine research vessels in between 2003 and 2005. Crystal violet and a new staining method using potassium permanganate, both applied on sagittal sections of vertebral centra, proved to be most effective in enhancing the banding pattern in most of the species. Thorns were also tested and readings were consistent with the ones made on vertebral sections. Growth parameters could be derived for six species and for the other four estimates could be made. Growth rate as well as infinite length varied between species, with those attaining bigger sizes having lower growth rates. No latitudinal differences in growth rate could be detected but a comparison with samples from other studies showed that total lengths were always reported to be higher around the Malvinas Islands.

This work was conducted at the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), Mar del Plata, in the frame of the project ECORAYA. Bathyraja specimens as well as the catch, length and width data were provided by the INIDEP. For information on the methods used (stains, vertebrae sections etc.) see thesis.

Metadata Access
Creator Bücker, Amelie ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2006
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Publication Series of Datasets; Collection
Format application/zip
Size 5 datasets
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-68.369W, -54.235S, -54.039E, -36.158N); Continental slope off Argentina
Temporal Coverage Begin 2003-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2005-12-31T00:00:00Z