Length-converted catch curves: a powerful tool for fisheries research in the Tropics (part 1) uri icon


  • A number of methods are available with the help of which total mortality (Z) can be estimated from length-frequency data. Thus it is possible to obtain reasonable estimates of Z from the mean length in a representative sample, or from the slope of Jones' cumulative plot. In this article, a variety of approaches for analysing length-frequency data are presented which represent the functional equivalent of [age structured] catch curves; these "length-converted catch curves" are built around assumptions similar to those involved in age-structured catch curves

publication date

  • 2009