A 31-year-old brown meagre female poached in the Scandola marine reserve in Corsica, France

Morat F., Marschal C., Dominici J.M., Harmelin-Vivien M.

Published date: February 2017
Volume: 41
Number: 1
Pagination: 079-080
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2017-411-011
Abstract

The brown meagre, Sciaena umbra, is a slow-growing and long-lived species highly coveted by spearfishers. Hunting pressure has reduced the size of populations and has led to a reduction in the number of large individuals except for those associated with marine reserves. In 2014, and in response to this decline, a fishing ban was put in place to protect this species along the French coast. This study presents data from a 31 year-old female poached in the Scandola marine reserve. This individual is the oldest of its species reported in the literature.

Keywords: Age - Corsica - Otolith - Scandola - Sciaena umbra - Sciaenidae
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