Seasonal and Areal Abundance of Gulf Menhaden in Louisiana Estuaries

Otter trawl data from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' shrimp monitoring program from 1966 through 1979 were used to determine seasonal and areal abundance of gulf menhaden in five areas along the Louisiana coast. Catches were highest in western Louisiana. Overall peaks in late winter/spring and lows in late summer/fall of catches coincide with the influx of larvae from offshore and emigration of juveniles to the Gulf, respectively.

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