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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.3 (2), pp 67-76, February 2015
ISSN 2350-1561
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Article 14/ID/JPR239/10/ pages
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Original Research Article

Population growth model for yellow mullet (Mugil cephalus) structured in length class frequency at the estuary of the Senegal River

1*Sarr Serigne Modou,  2Leye Babacar and 3Kabre  Jean-André Tinkoudgou

1Université de Thiès, Institut Supérieur de Formation Agricole et Rurale (ISFAR) ex ENCR de Bambey, BP 54 Bambey, Sénégal.
2Université Gaston Berger, Unité de Formation et de Recherche des Sciences et Technique, B.P. 234, Saint-Louis, Sénégal.
3Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, Institut du Développement Rural, Laboratoire de Recherche et de Formation en Pêche et Faune, 01BP 1091BOBO DIOULASSO 01, Burkina Faso.

*Corresponding  Author E-mail : sarmodou(at)
Tel.: (+221) 77 435 80 17

date Received:     date Accepted: January 9, 2015     date Published:


The knowledge on size class of yellow mule (Mugil cephalus) is essential to describe a mathematical model on the growth of the species. The objective of this study is to test the growth model of Mugil cephalus population cohort structured in length class frequency. The cohort diet  is generally based on plankton at its first stage of growth in the estuary of the River Senegal. A growth software, developed under the FreeFem++ software has allowed to describe the growth of the population of M. cephalus. The model depicted that the size is the most effective indicator to monitor the growth of yellow mules. The study aims at building a flexible mathematical model that could be used to describe other communities of fish and insects assemblages in order to better understand the growth dynamics of their populations. It is concluded that the use of less variable in the model may make it easier for utilization/application in fisheries management.

Key words: Growth model, Mugil cephalus, size, plankton, estuary, River, Senegal

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