Using mixed models to combine smooth size-selection and catch-comparison curves over hauls
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Parametric size-selection curves are often combined over hauls to estimate a mean selection curve using a mixed model in which between-haul variation in selection is treated as a random effect. This paper shows how the mixed model can be extended to estimate a mean selection curve when smooth nonparametric size-selection curves are used. The method also estimates the between-haul variation in selection at each length and can model fixed effects in the form of the different levels of a categorical variable. Data obtained to estimate the size-selection of dab by a Nordmøre grid are used for illustration. The method can also be used to provide a length-based analysis of catchcomparison data, either to compare a test net with a standard net or to calibrate two research survey vessels. Haddock data from an intercalibration exercise are used for illustration.
Publisher pdf: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/F03-029