Nathanael J. Hull

Department of Biology, Rogers State University, Loshbaugh Hall, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017

Using Pectoral Spines and Otoliths for Estimating Ages of Channel Catfish and Effects on Estimating Population Parameters

SEAFWA Journal Volume 9, March 2022

Accurate and precise age estimates are required to correctly estimate fish population metrics such as age, growth, mortality, and recruitment. Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) are commonly aged using the lapilli otolith or the articular process of the pectoral spine. Many fisheries managers prefer to use pectoral spines because the process does not require the sacrifice of the fish, but this method may produce biased age estimates. To com- pare precision of the two methods, we used pectoral spines and lapilli otoliths to age 649 channel catfish collected from five Oklahoma...