Cumulative effect of the north Atlantic oscillation on age-class abundance of albacore (Thunnus alalunga)
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Autor/esBáez, J.C. (José Carlos); Ortiz-de-Urbina-Gutiérrez, J.M. (José María); Real, R. (Raimundo); Macías-López, A.D. (Ángel David)
The aim of this study was to look into possible relationships between climate and the inter-annual variability of albacore (Thunnus alalunga) catch rates by age class observed during a recreational fishery tournament at the spawning grounds of S’Estanyol (Balearic Islands, Spain) in the years 2004–2009. The mean capture per unit effort (CPUE) was significantly higher when the mean of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) experienced by the albacore in winter and spring of its life history (NAOlife) was negative than when the NAOlife was positive. A statistically significant negative relationship was obtained between NAOlife and the probability of a CPUE value for an age class and year being higher than the average CPUE for all the cohorts in that age class. The results suggest that local abundance of albacore in a spawning grounds could be related to environmental factors dependent on the NAO and that there may be a cohort-age effect. It is hypothesized that factors dependent on the NAO, ...