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Fish Population Estimation

Ecological Statistics

  1. Rick Routledge

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn141

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

How to Cite

Routledge, R. 2013. Fish Population Estimation. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

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  1. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


Fisheries management decisions typically depend heavily on suitable estimates of abundance, or at least indices that can be used to assess trends. This article provides an overview of the more commonly used approaches with commentary on their relative advantages and weaknesses.


  • counting fence;
  • hydroacoustics;
  • mark-recapture;
  • palaeo-records;
  • sample surveys;
  • virtual population analysis