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Trawl Surveys

Ecological Statistics

  1. Victor Nordahl1,
  2. Steve Clark2

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vat022

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

How to Cite

Nordahl, V. and Clark, S. 2006. Trawl Surveys. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Marine Fisheries Service, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Woods Hole Oceanographic, Institute, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Trawl surveys for fishery resources are conducted throughout the world by government and non-government agencies. Modern fishery management requires standard time series of data on management units or ‘stocks’ and their response to exploitation: trends in abundance and biomass; spawning success; biological parameters; distribution; and environmental factors that can be provided only through standardized sampling programs. Trawl surveys provide the opportunity for controlled sampling in space and time.