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Estimating and decomposing total uncertainty for survey-based abundance estimates of Norwegian spring-spawning herring

Anders Løland, Magne Aldrin, Egil Ona, Vidar Hjellvik and Jens Christian Holst

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 64, issue 7, pages 1302-1312
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsm116
Estimating and decomposing total uncertainty for survey-based abundance estimates of Norwegian spring-spawning herring

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Løland, A., Aldrin, M., Ona, E., Hjellvik, V., and Holst, J. C. 2007. Estimating and decomposing total uncertainty for survey‐based abundance estimates of Norwegian spring‐spawning herring. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: –.

A method is developed to quantify the uncertainty of abundance and age-specific abundance estimates of Norwegian spring-spawning herring, accounting for the combined effect of several error sources. We present an abundance estimate adjusted for vessel avoidance, acoustic shadowing, and depth-dependent target strength, and highlight the potentially dramatic combined effect of these adjustments. Uncertainty in this estimate is affected by the precision of the adjustment formulae as well as by the sampling errors in acoustic and trawl measurements. This total uncertainty is decomposed into contributions from each source. Here, the method is applied to data from surveys on the overwintering stock in the Vestfjord system and off Vesteraalen in northern Norway in November/December of the years 2001–2004.

Keywords: acoustic abundance estimation; total estimation uncertainty; uncertainty decomposition

Journal Article.  6179 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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