Presence of a resting population of female porbeagles (Lamna nasus), indicating a biennial reproductive cycle, in the western North Atlantic Ocean

Lisa J. Natanson, Bethany M. Deacy, Warren Joyce, James Sulikowski

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Abstract

The porbeagle (Lamna nasus) is a slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived pelagic shark that inhabits cold temperate waters. Previous research based on specimens collected from the western North Atlantic Ocean has indicated that this lamnid shark has an annual reproductive cycle. However, the results of a recent evaluation of reproductive tracts from a geographically segregated group of porbeagles within the western North Atlantic Ocean indicate the presence of females in a resting stage of maturity. The observation of a resting stage has implications not only in the reproductive cycle, biennial versus annual, of this species but also in the lifetime productivity. This finding indicates that this shark follows the typical lamnid resting period between pregnancies, a period that would decrease the lifetime output of young sharks and their resilience to direct and indirect fishing pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalFishery Bulletin
Volume117
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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