Growth Data - Characterization of Sexual Growth Dimorphism in Sablefish

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Sexual growth dimorphism (SGD) is a common phenomenon in nature. Numerous marine fishes exhibit SGD, with females often growing faster and attaining larger sizes than males. Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) is an example of one such species. The purpose of this project is to characterize SGD to determine when, how and why it occurs, whether particular families or populations exhibit different extents of SGD, and its influence on current aquaculture and fisheries management. Sex control experiments we previously conducted with PIT-tagged sablefish provided the first glimpse into when SGD occurs and to what extent. Female body size surpassed that of males early in development and represented a >30% difference in body weight by ~2 years of age. Through a current study we now aim to precisely define the window when this divergence occurs and determine if there is among-family variance in its extent. In addition, tissue samples are being regularly collected for physiological and genetic analyses to determine the basis of SGD. This could have profound impacts on feed conversion efficiency and growth in aquaculture and thus greatly influence economics of producing sablefish. Information on this phenomenon is not only relevant to sablefish aquaculture and fisheries management, but should ultimately apply to numerous other marine finfishes. Fish in experiments are often PIT tagged and regularly checked for growth in fork length and body weight.

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