FRESH Final Conference

Fish Reproduction and Fisheries  

16-20 May 2011 Vigo, Spain

A conference for researchers working on fish reproduction hosted by the Institute of Marine Research (IIM). This conference was organized by the COST Action FA0601 “Fish Reproduction and Fisheries” (FRESH).


Most of the world’s marine fishery resources are overexploited. Despite the measures implemented to reverse this trend, many depleted stocks have failed to recover. Recovery of fish stocks will be dependent on their reproductive potential. However, there is increasing awareness that the traditional indicators of reproductive potential are inadequate, as they do not represent the capacity of populations to annually produce viable eggs and larvae. In addition, egg production is also influenced by environmental conditions; the exact effects of which remain largely unknown. Worldwide, considerable research is underway which examines linkages between fish reproductive success and subsequent population dynamics. The aim of this conference is to better understand the causes and consequences of changes in reproductive potential. To broaden and integrate international advancements by (i) standardization and cross calibration of different protocols, (ii) demonstration of the latest methodological advances and (iii) creation of a common research platform that provides fisheries managers with realistic tools to promote stock recovery. And to explore important advances made recently to improve stock assessment methodology and promote sustainable exploitation of marine fishery resources.


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Session Order Author Title
 0  Pope On “Getting FRESH”: a peep through the keyhole
 1.1  Lambert Changes in reproductive traits of fish stocks: Their impact onreproductive potential and consequences for the reproductive rate andproductivity of stocks.
 1.2  Nash Would the real ‘Stock Reproductive Potential’ please stand up to beidentified!
 1.3 Villegas Ríos Reproductive traits and growth of Labrus bergylta in Galicianwaters
 1  1.4 Fernandez-Arcaya Reproductive biology of deep water grenadier fish (Family:Macrouridae) from the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
 1.5 Grande Reproductive strategy, spawning activity and fecundity of the skipjack, Katsuwonus pelamis, in the Western Indian Ocean
 1.6 Zudaire Reproductive strategy and spawning capacity of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) in the Western Indian Ocean
 1.7 Buttay Reproduction investment in indeterminate spawners may be estimated from growth
 1.8 Gonçalves How different are the eggs of Trachurus trachurus and Trachurus picturatus? Implications for the EPMs in the North Eastern Atlantic waters.
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2.1 Ganias Determining the indeterminate: a conceptual mechanism for the regulation of the fecundity pattern in marine teleosts
2.2 Rakka Analyzing the effect of four preservative treatments on the oocyte size of Mediterranean sardine (Sardina pilchardus) and European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) 
2.3 Gonçalves Batch fecundity estimates in Horse Mackerel
 2 2.4 Gonçalves Post-ovulatory follicles identification: histology vs whole mount analysis 
2.5 Hagstrøm Bucholtz Oocyte recruitment dynamics and fecundity regulation in Baltic Sea herring (Clupea harengus L.)
2.6 Thorsen Evaluation of the procedures used to estimate fecundity of NorthEast Atlantic Mackerel collected under the ICES triennial egg survey
2.7 Schismenou Dynamics of de novo vitellogenesis in fish with indeterminate fecundity: an application of oocyte packing density theory to European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus
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3.1 Lowerre-Barbieri Reproductive variability and resilience: underlying causes and management implications
3.2 Morgan Effect of age and temperature on spawning time in gadoids
3.3 van Damme Reproductive strategies and fecundity type regulation through food availability in marine fish
3.4 Witthames Realised fecundity in Barents Sea and Irish Sea cod: life history characteristics
3.5 Egil Skjæraasen Spawning omission and fecundity regulation in the Northeast Arctic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)
 3 3.6 Klibansky Batch fecundity, spawning frequency, and other aspects ofreproduction in black sea bass, Centropristis striata (Serranidae)
3.7 Leal Faundez Reproductive traits of Patagonian sprat (Sprattus fuegensis): A comparison with other Clupeoidei in different spawning habitats along the Chilean coast 
3.8 Silva Strategies for partition between reproductive investment and body growth in stationary and migratory stocks of Atlantic herring
3.9 Tomkiewicz Influence of lipids and fatty acid composition on maturation and spawning timing of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua L.)
3.10 Røjbek Effect of dietary fatty acids on ovarian maturation, spawning time and egg and larvae of wild and captive cod (Gadus morhua)
3.11 Dahlke Viability and development during early life phases of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and Baltic cod (Gadus morhua callarias) in relation to paternity and water temperature 
3.12 Politis The influence of temperature and paternity on developmental characteristics of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) larvae from Scotian Shelf and Baltic source populations.
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4.1 Wright Examining the causes of variation in stock reproductive potential
4.2 Kjesbu Do reproductive traits of Atlantic cod really differ in populations maintained under exactly similar experimental conditions?
 4 4.3 Pérez-Rodríguez Disentangling genetic frequency shifts from phenotypic response in changes on reproductive parameters of Flemish Cap cod
4.4 Kjesbu Extension of the common match-mismatch recruitment theory by including a metabolic component for spawning time of  Northeast Arctic cod females
4.5 R. McPherson Variation in the mesenteric fat of North Sea and Norwegian spring-spawning herring with relation to maturation
4.6 Wuenschel Relations between reproductive development and physiological measures of condition:  results of a laboratory experiment with black sea bass (Centropristis striata)
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5.1 Dickey-Collas SSB still rules!  Has considering stock reproductive potential made a difference to fisheries advice?
5.2 Köster Linking size and age of attaining sexual maturation to growth and stock productivity in Atlantic cod stocks
5.3 de Santana An evaluation of the artisanal fisheries based on reproduction information of lane snapper in the Northern Coast of Bahia, Brazil
 5 5.4 Alonso-Fernández Total egg production in Trisopteurs luscus: effect of stock structure
5.5 Calduch Verdiell The impact of maternal effects on recruitment and fisheries reference points.
5.6 Cerviño Impact of Southern hake egg production into MSY biological reference points. Implications for management
5.7 O’Brien Using the Intrinsic Rate of Increase to develop management advice
5.8 Marshall How the reproductive rate of commercial fish stocks scales with size composition
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6.1 Spencer Incorporating reproductive biology into stock assessments: experiences from Alaska and the U.S. west coast
6 6.2 Hernández Portocarrero Integrating reproductive potential studies in the fisheries managements. Study case of females of Brycon guatemalensis (Regan, 1908).
6.3 Brooks Exploring how variability in reproductive potential translates into reference point uncertainty.
6.4 Marshall Implementation of stock reproductive potential into management advice for harvested marine species: where are we now?
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