The Influence of the Moon Phase on the CPUEs of Swordfish Gillnet Fishery in the Aegean Sea, Turkey


Akyol O.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, vol.13, no.2, pp.355-358, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.4194/1303-2712-v13_2_18
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.355-358

Abstract

This paper provides the analysis the moon phase's on CPUE (Catch per Unit Effort) related to Turkish Aegean swordfish (Xiphias gladius) gillnet fishery during 2009-2010 fishing seasons. Mean CPUE (kg/km) was 47.0 +/- 14.5 during the dark period, against 24.1 +/- 3.8 in light period in 2009. Besides, mean CPUE was 56.3 +/- 10.2 during the dark period, whereas 45.1 +/- 7.8 in light period in 2010. In the two years periods (2009-2010) examined, the mean CPUE was 50.5 +/- 9.7 during the dark period, while 32.8 +/- 4.1 in light period. All the CPUE peaks were clearly close to each new moon phase and the highest peak (300 kg/km) was computed in May 2009 during the dark period. The results obviously indicate the increasing of the swordfish landings during the dark periods.