Updated comparison of age estimates from paired calcified structures from Atlantic bluefin tuna
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AuthorsRodriguez-Marin, E. (Enrique); Quelle, P. (Pablo); Ruiz, M. (Marta); Busawon, D.( Dheeraj); Golet, W.; Dalton, A.; Hanke, A. (Alex)
KeywordsAge estimates, direct aging, otoliths, spines, Thunnus thynnus
In this paper we present an updated comparison of age estimates from otoliths and spines from the same specimen, with the intention to analyze whether it is possible to use both structures in obtaining age-length keys for this species. The agreement between otolith and spine age estimates was good for bluefin tuna younger than 14 years old with less than one year difference. Tests of symmetry showed the asymmetrical distribution of ages. However no significant differences were found between the growth parameters estimated from both paired hard parts. It is suggested using both structures readings for constructing agelength keys for bluefin tuna younger than 14 years.
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