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Population Dynamics & Multispecies Modeling
Fish populations naturally vary in abundance by substantial amounts. A 10- to 100-fold variation in number is expected year to year. These dramatic changes pose interesting theoretical questions, as well as practical ones.
From the theoretical point of view, why should an animal have such a huge variation in abundance? From a management perspective, how can the population be exploited in a sustainable manner, considering such a wide-ranging variation?
In population modeling, we attempt to understand the processes responsible for the variation, as well as the consequences of the processes.
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