Issues related to the MEDITS reference list of species
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AuthorsGuijarro, B. (Beatriz); García-Ruiz, C. (Cristina); García-Rodríguez, E. (Encarnación); González-Aguilar, M. (María); Pérez-Gil, J.L. (José Luis); Torres-Cutillas, P. (Pedro); Esteban-Acón, A. (Antonio); Massutí, E. (Enric)
The MEDITS survey programme started in 1994 and adopted the basic protocols by the four first partners, just before the first survey. These protocols included the design of the survey, the sampling gear, the information collected, and the management of the data as far as the production of common standardized analyses of the data (Bertrand et al., 2002). The last updating of protocols has been done in 2007 (MEDITS, 2007). According to it, for each species the total weight and number of individuals is recorded. For a reference list of 38 species of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods, the length frequency by sex must be reported, as well as the maturity stage of the gonads. However, two different things should be taken into account. On one hand, for most works performed using MEDITS data (including assessments), the length frequency distributions are used, without taking into account the sex. On the other hand, the period of the surveys is not always coincident with the spawning season for ...