Sex-Specific Modeling of Summer Flounder

Summer flounder (also known as fluke) are a commercially and recreationally important species of flatfish found along the East coast of the United States and Canada. Like many species, summer flounder are sexually dimorphic – females grow faster and to larger sizes – which can lead to unequal harvest between sexes. The model currently used by NOAA Fisheries does not incorporate sex-specific differences and therefore may yield biased population estimates. Dr. Patrick Sullivan and I are working to create a set of alternate models that incorporate sex, length, and age. This project is jointly funded by the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund and the Science Center for Marine Fisheries


Photo: NOAA Fisheries