Determination of the Recruitment to Stock and Reproduction Period for Flounder (Platichthys flesus luscus Pallas, 1811) along the Trabzon-Rize Coast, Eastern Black Sea


Abstract: The length and weight distribution of flounder (Platichthys flesus luscus Pallas, 1811) were 14.2-34.1 cm and 28.879-611.0 g, respectively. The samples were distributed between the 0 and VII age groups. Von Bertalanffy growth parameters for flounder were L_t = 41.241[1-e^{-0.161(t+3.240)}] for females, L_t= 33.567[1-e^{-0.181(t+3.525)}] for males and L_t = 40.577[1-e^{-0.142(t+3.105)}] for the sexes combined. Reproduction took place from December to March but peaked in December. Two recruitment periods were determined for flounder: the first was January to July, and the second August to November. The proportions of recruitment in the first and second periods were 68.13% and 31.87%, respectively.

Keywords: Platichthys flesus luscus, reproduction, growth, recruitment, Eastern Black Sea

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