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Stochastic growth of the eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus (Hess, 1865)) harvested off eastern Australia

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Stochastic growth models were fitted to length-increment data of eastern king prawns, Melicertus plebejus (Hess, 1865), tagged across eastern Australia. The estimated growth parameters and growth transition matrix are for each sex representative of the species’ geographical distribution. Our study explicitly displays the stochastic nature of prawn growth. Capturing length-increment growth heterogeneity for short-lived exploited species such as prawns that cannot be readily aged is essential for length-based modelling and improved management.

Affiliations: 1: 1Agri-Science Queensland, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Ecoscience Precinct, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia; 2: 2Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia; 3: 3University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker C., Miami, FL 33148, U.S.A.; 4: 4New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre, Cronulla, NSW 2230, Australia


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