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Trends in Ex-Vessel Value and Size Composition of Reported Annual Catches of Pink Shrimp from the Tortugas Fishery, 1960-1978

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Exponential models were used to characterize (1) ex-vessel value (in dollars) per shrimp by size category (count; i.e., number of shrimp per pound, heads off), (2) size composition (expressed as cumulative weight of the catch in pounds, heads off, by size category), and (3) ex-vessel value composition (expressed as cumulative ex-vessel value, in dollars, of the catch by size category) for reported annual catches (inshore and offshore combined) of pink shrimp (Penaeus duorarum duorarum) from the Tortugas fishery (statistical areas 1 and 2 combined) from 1960 to 1978. Exponents of the models were used as indices to investigate trends in ex-vessel value per shrimp, in size composition, and in ex-vessel value composition of the annual catches during that period. Both the spread in ex-vessel value per shrimp among size categories and the size of shrimp in the annual catches increased from 1960 to 1978. Also, the proportion of the ex-vessel value made up of shrimp of larger sizes increased from 1960 to 1978. This approach to analysis of catch statistics can be used to monitor the fishery, and the results can be compared with changes that may be brought about by permanently closing the Tortugas shrimp sanctuary in 1981, as proposed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in the fishery management plan for the shrimp fishery of the Gulf of Mexico.

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