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Reproduction and Growth of Black Drum, Pogonias cromis, in Northeast Florida
Northeast Gulf Science
Age, growth, and reproduction of black drum, Pogonias cromis, in northeast Florida were investigated between December 1983 and April1985. Male black drum began maturing at 450·499 mm total length (TL), with 50% of them reaching maturity at about 590 mm (age 4 or 5). Vitellogenesis began at 450·550 mm TL, with 50% of the females reaching maturity at 650·699 mm (age 5 or 6). Spawning occurred during January · April. Thin sections of otoliths displayed distinct opaque bands; the first three ordoi:10.18785/negs.1002.06 fatcat:ztewrccg7rgozgz3nciyzde2bu