Comparisons of size at maturity and fecundity of two Scottish populations of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus

Hector A Lizarraga-Cubedo, I. Tuck, N. Bailey, Graham John Pierce, J. A. M. Kinnear

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Sampling of Homarus gammarus on commercial boats and regular visits to local ports were carried out during 1999-2001 for the Firth of Forth and Hebrides fisheries. Biological data on size, sex, morphometric measurements and egg samples were collected. Size at the onset of sexual maturity (SOM), fecundity and egg development were compared between populations. Techniques that require transformed (Logarithm base e) or untransformed morphometric data, were applied to the data. Lobsters from the Firth of Forth had smaller SOM (male = 80 mm carapace length (CL) and female = 79 mm CL) than those from the Hebrides (male = 98 and female = 110 mm CL). Fecundity ((x) over bar = 8154 eggs) for the Firth of Forth was lower than for the Hebrides ((x) over bar = 14 238 eggs). ANCOVA showed no significant differences in the size-fecundity relationship between locations (F-1.1 = 2.62, P > 0.05) for lobsters with eggs in which the eye spot index (ESI) was between 0.29 and 0.54, using CL and ESI as co-variates. The reliability of the methods and the resulting estimates are discussed. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-152
Number of pages16
JournalFisheries Research
Issue number1-3
Early online date22 Oct 2003
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • size at maturity
  • fecundity
  • morphometrics
  • Homarus gammarus
  • relative growth
  • american lobster
  • sexual-maturity
  • portunidae
  • brachyura

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