The purpose of this project was to implement guidelines arising from FMSP project R6465 'Growth parameter estimation and the effects of fishing on size-composition and growth of snappers and emperors: Implications for management' in the inshore fishery of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT; Chagos Archipelago). The project examined the utility of simple age-based methods of stock assessment for two species of demersal reef fish in BIOT (Chagos Archipelago). The project also examined the costs involved in undertaking this approach. In doing so, the project developed guidelines for the assessment of demersal tropical fish species both within BIOT (Chagos Archipelago) and in other areas of the tropics with regard to data collection, assessment and management.
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