Turkish Journal of Zoology




Between April 2007 and October 2008 we collected 1995 horse mackerel specimens from the territorial waters of the Bulgarian Black Sea. Age, length, and weight of these specimens were determined to estimate length-weight relationships and age composition. The present study utilized otolith characterization to determine age. The sex ratio was 1:1.36686 (M:F). The prevalent age classes were 2+, 3+, and 4+. The exponent b of equation resulted in the value 3.3046, which indicates that the weight growth is positive allometric. Growth parameters of the von Bertalanffy equation were separately evaluated for females and males as follows: L_{\infinity} = 19.66, K = 0.3075 y^{-1}, t_o = -0.8359, and W_{\infinity} = 69.676, and L_{\infinity} = 18.78, K = 0.3373 y^{-1}, t_o = -0.8247, and W_{\infinity} = 62.037, respectively. The maximum age was 6+ years for females and 5+ for males.

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