This project was funded by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division (CRD) and the Federal Sportfish Restoration Fund. D. Haymans and S. Woodward helped all along the way to the project’s completion. C. Belcher provided critical guidance and technical assistance. B. Warren provided insightful editorial comments to an earlier draft of this manuscript. J. Franks provided invaluable technical advice on many aspects of tripletail life history and biology. Staff at GADNR CRD including P. Geer, C. Kinstle, C.Kalinowsky, G. Gaddis, S. Jordan, E. Robillard, D. McDowell, K. Herrin, L. Willis, K. Wolfe, G. Meeks, J. Mericle, D. Guadagnoli, P. Medders, W. Hughes, J. Page, B. Readdick, R. Flournoy, E. Butler and D.Varnadoe provided field and technical assistance with the project.
Anglers including those from the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia and especially G. Hildreth provided assistance with field sampling. The GA Cooperative Research Unit is jointly sponsored by the GA Department of Natural Resources, the University of Georgia, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Wildlife Management Insitute. Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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Figure 2. Non-linear regression of sexually mature female tripletail in 50-mm length bins captured near Jekyll Island, GA, USA from March to August 2009 and 2010. Closed data points represent actual cumulative percent maturity of females, whereas males are represented by the open data points. The dashed line denotes the length (459 mm) at which 50% of female tripletail are mature. The dotted line represents the minimum size limit (457 mm) currently enforced by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Non-linear regression models for males were unable to converge and therefore were unable to be modeled; however, only one male captured in this study was classified as immature.
Figure 3. Non-linear regression of sexually mature female and male tripletail by age class captured near Jekyll Island, GA, USA from March to August 2009 and 2010. Closed data points represent actual cumulative percent maturity of females; males are represented by the open data points. The dotted line denotes the age at which 50% of males (0.55 years) and females (1.17 years) are mature.
Figure 4. Mean gonadosomatic index values for (A) female (n = 101) and (B) male (n = 116) tripletail captured near Jekyll Island, GA, USA from March to August 2009 and 2010. Error bars represent 95% confidence intervals.