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Marine Fisheries - Fisheries Glossary O-R

Marine Fisheries

Q

q - See catchability coefficient.

Quota - The maximum number of fish that can be legally landed in a time period. It can apply to the total fishery or an individual fisherman’s share under the ITQ system. Could also include reference to size of fish.

R

RD - See regional director.

RIR - See regulatory impact review.

Recreational Fishery - Harvesting fish for personal use, fun, and challenge. Recreational fishing does not include sale of catch. *The term refers to and includes the fishery resources, fishermen, and businesses providing needed good and services.
*Added by Wallace et al.

Recruit - An individual fish that has moved into a certain class, such as the spawning class or fishing-size class.

Recruitment - A measure of the number of fish that enter a class during some time period, such as the spawning class or fishing-size class.

Recuitment Overfishing - When fishing pressure is too heavy to allow a fish population to replace itself.

Reef Fish Complex - A term used by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to describe the many species of fish found around natural reefs, artificial reefs, ledges, and mud lumps. Snapper, grouper, and tilefish are examples.

Regional Director (RD) - The person in charge of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a given region.

Regression Analysis - A statistical method to estimate any trend that might exist among important factors. An example in fisheries management is the link between catch and other factors like fishing effort and natural mortality.

Regulatory Impact Review (RIR) - The part of a federal fishery management plan that describes impacts resulting from the plan.

Relative Abundance - An index of fish population abundance used to compare fish populations from year to year. This does not measure the actual numbers of fish, but shows changes in the population over time.

Rent - See economic rent.

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