Life history traits include growth rate; age and size at sexual maturity; the temporal pattern or schedule of reproduction; the number, size, and sex ratio of offspring; the distribution of intrinsic or extrinsic mortality rates (e.g., patterns of senescence); and patterns of dormancy and dispersal. These traits contribute directly to age-specific survival and reproductive functions.^{1} The **FLife** package has a variety of methods for modelling life history traits and functional forms for processes for use in fish stock assessment and for conducting Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE).

These relationships have many uses, for example in age-structured population models, functional relationships for these processes allow the calculation of the population growth rate and have been used to to develop priors in stock assesments and to parameterise ecological models.

The **FLife** package has methods for modelling functional forms, for simulating equilibrium `FLBRP`

and dynamic stock objects `FLStock`

.

This section provide a quick way to get running and overview of what functions are available, their potential use, and where to seek help. More details are given in later sections.

The simplest way to obtain **FLife** is to install it from the `FLR`

repository via the R console:

`install.packages("FLife", repos = "http://flr-project.org/R")`

See help(install.packages) for more details.

After installing the **FLife** package, you need to load it

`library(FLife)`

There is an example teleost dataset used for illustration and as a test dataset, alternatively you can load your own data.

`data(teleost)`

The dataset contains life history parameters for a range of bony fish species and families, i.e. von Bertalanffy growth parameters (\(L_{\infty}, k, t_0\)), length at 50% mature (\(L_{50}\)), and the length weight relationship (\(a, b\)).

When loading a new dataset it is always a good idea to run a sanity check e.g.

`is(teleost)`

`[1] "FLPar" "array" "structure" "vector" `

The `teleost`

object can be used to create `vectors`

or other `objects with values by age using **FLife** methods, e.g. to construct a growth curve for hutchen (*Hucho hucho*)

`vonB(1:10,teleost[,"Hucho hucho"])`

` [1] 29.0 40.8 51.5 61.1 69.9 77.8 84.9 91.4 97.3 102.6`

Plotting is done using **ggplot2** which provides a powerful alternative paradigm for creating both simple and complex plots in R using the *Grammar of Graphics*^{2} The idea of the grammar is to specify the individual building blocks of a plot and then to combine them to create the desired graphic^{3}.

The **ggplot** methods expects a `data.frame`

for its first argument, `data`

(this has been overloaded by **ggplotFL** to also accept FLR objects); then a geometric object `geom`

that specifies the actual marks put on to a plot and an aesthetic that is “something you can see” have to be provided. Examples of geometic Objects (geom) include points (geom_point, for scatter plots, dot plots, etc), lines (geom_line, for time series, trend lines, etc) and boxplot (geom_boxplot, for, well, boxplots!). Aesthetic mappings are set with the aes() function and, examples include, position (i.e., on the x and y axes), color (“outside” color), fill (“inside” color), shape (of points), linetype and size.

```
age=FLQuant(1:20,dimnames=list(age=1:20))
len=vonB(age,teleost)
ggplot(as.data.frame(len))+
geom_line(aes(age,data,col=iter))+
theme(legend.position="none")
```

Consider the von Bertalanffy growth equation

\[ L_t = L_\infty (1 - e^{(-kt-t_0)})\]

where \(L_t\) is length at time t, \(L_\infty\) the asymptotic maximum length, \(k\) the growth coefficient, and \(t_0\) the time at which an individual would, if it possible, be of zero length.

As \(L_\infty\) increases \(k\) declines. in other words at a given length a large species will grow faster than a small species. for example Gislason, Pope, et al. (2008) proposed the relationship

\[k=3.15L_{\infty}^{-0.64}\]

There also appears to be empirical relationship between \(t_0\) and \(L_{\infty}\) and \(k\) i.e.

\[log(-t_0) = -0.3922 - 0.2752 log(L_{\infty}) - 1.038 log(k)\]

Therefore for a value of \(L_{\infty}\) or even \(L_{max}\) the maximum size observered as \(L_{\infty}=0.95L_{max}\) then all the growth parameters can be recovered.

There is also a relationship between \(L_{50}\) the length at which 50% of individuals are mature

\[l_{50}=0.72L_{\infty}^{0.93}\]

and even between the length weight relationship

\[W=aL^b\]

For larger species securing sufficient food to maintain a fast growth rate may entail exposure to a higher natural mortality Gislason, Daan, et al. (2008). While many small demersal species seem to be partly protected against predation by hiding, cryptic behaviour, being flat or by possessing spines have the lowest rates of natural mortality Griffiths and Harrod (2007). Hence, at a given length individuals belonging to species with a high \(L_{\infty}\) may generally be exposed to a higher M than individuals belonging to species with a low \(L_{\infty}\).

\[ log(M) = 0.55-1.61log(L) + 1.44log(L_{\infty}) + log(k)\]

In **FLIfe** there are methods for creating growth curves, maturity ogives and natural mortality vectors, selection patterns, and other ogives. All these methods are used to create `FLQuant`

objects.

gompertz, richards, vonB

dnormal, knife, logistic, sigmoid

```
dnormal( age,FLPar(a1=4,sl=2,sr=5000))
knife( age,FLPar(a1=4))
logistic(age,FLPar(a50=4,ato95=1,asym=1.0))
sigmoid( age,FLPar(a50=4,ato95=1))
```

Many estimators have been propose for M, based on growth and reproduction, see Kenchington (2014).

Many estimators have been propose for M, based on growth and reproduction, see Kenchington (2014).

Rikhter and Efanov

\[M=\frac{1.521}{a_{50}^{0.72}}-0.155\] Jensen

\[M=\frac{1.65}{a_{50}}\]

Jensen

\[M=1.5k\]

Griffiths and Harrod

\[M=1.406W_{\infty}^{-0.096}k^{0.78}\] where \(W_{\infty}=\alpha L_{\infty}^{\beta}\)

Djabali

\[M=1.0661L_{\infty}^{-0.1172}k^{0.5092}\]

Roff

\[M=3kL_{\infty}\frac{(1-\frac{L_{50}}{L_{\infty}})}{L_{50}}\]

Rikhter and Efanov

\[M=\frac{\beta k}{e^{k(a_{50}-t_0)}-1}\] where \(a_{50}=t_0+\frac{log(1-\frac{L_{50}}{L_{\infty}})}{-k}\)

Gislason

\[M_L=1.73L^{-1.61}L_{\infty}^{1.44}k\]

Charnov

\[M_L=k\frac{L_{\infty}}{L}^{1.5}\]

Peterson and Wroblewsk

\[M_W=1.28W^{-0.25}\]

Lorenzen

\[M_W=3W^{-0.288}\]

ages, len2wt, wt2len

Generation of missing life history relationships

```
par=lhPar(FLPar(linf=100))
par
```

```
An object of class "FLPar"
params
linf k t0 a b ato95 a50
100.0000 0.1653 -0.1000 0.0003 3.0000 1.0000 4.3600
asym bg m1 m2 a1 sl sr
1.0000 3.0000 217.3564 -1.6100 4.3600 2.0000 5000.0000
s v
0.9000 1000.0000
units: cm
```

There are relationships between the life history parameters and size, growth, maturation, natural mortality and productivity, as seen in the following.

lhPar, lhEql

leslie, r

```
An object of class "FLPar"
iters: 145
params
linf k t0
45.100000(28.02114) 0.246667( 0.17297) -0.143333( 0.13590)
l50 a b
22.100000(11.71254) 0.011865( 0.00776) 3.010000( 0.15271)
units: NA
```

```

lopt, loptAge

matdd, mdd

moment, powh

rod

rnoise

```
library(FLBRP)
data(ple4)
refs(ple4)
```

```
An object of class "FLPar"
params
b.msy b.virgin b.f0.1 b.fmax b.spr.30 b.spr.100
1.76e+06 5.25e+06 2.56e+06 1.85e+06 1.89e+06 2.40e+06
b.f0.1_ b.fmax_ b.spr.30_ b.spr.100_ b.current s.msy
2.12e+06 1.53e+06 1.56e+06 1.99e+06 3.20e+05 1.58e+06
s.virgin s.f0.1 s.fmax s.spr.30 s.spr.100 s.f0.1_
5.04e+06 2.34e+06 1.64e+06 1.68e+06 2.19e+06 1.94e+06
s.fmax_ s.spr.30_ s.spr.100_ s.current r.msy r.virgin
1.35e+06 1.39e+06 1.81e+06 2.06e+05 1.05e+06 1.13e+06
r.f0.1 r.fmax r.spr.30 r.spr.100 r.f0.1_ r.fmax_
1.26e+06 1.26e+06 1.26e+06 1.26e+06 1.04e+06 1.04e+06
r.spr.30_ r.spr.100_ r.current f.msy f.crash f.f0.1
1.04e+06 1.04e+06 8.44e+05 1.15e-01 6.44e-01 8.76e-02
f.fmax f.spr.30 f.f0.1_ f.fmax_ f.spr.30_ f.current
1.35e-01 1.32e-01 8.76e-02 1.35e-01 1.32e-01 3.56e-01
y.msy y.f0.1 y.fmax y.spr.30 y.f0.1_ y.fmax_
1.43e+05 1.63e+05 1.72e+05 1.72e+05 1.35e+05 1.42e+05
y.spr.30_ y.spr.100_ y.current r rc rt
1.42e+05 1.38e+05 9.60e+04 4.42e-01 9.38e-02 3.86e+00
units:
```

```
library(FLBRP)
eql=lhEql(par)
ggplot(FLQuants(eql,"m","catch.sel","mat","catch.wt"))+
geom_line(aes(age,data))+
facet_wrap(~qname,scale="free")+
scale_x_continuous(limits=c(0,15))
```

```
An object of class "FLPar"
params
r rc msy lopt sk spr0 sprmsy
0.3943 0.1397 53.6441 63.5204 0.1954 0.1208 0.0263
units: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
```

Creation of FLBRP objects

Modelling density dependence in natural mortality and fecundity.

```
library(FLBRP)
library(FLife)
data(teleost)
par=teleost[,"Hucho hucho"]
par=lhPar(par)
hutchen=lhEql(par)
scale=stock.n(hutchen)[,25]%*%stock.wt(hutchen)
scale=(stock.n(hutchen)%*%stock.wt(hutchen)%-%scale)%/%scale
m=mdd(stock.wt(hutchen),par=FLPar(m1=.2,m2=-0.288),scale,k=.5)
ggplot(as.data.frame(m))+
geom_line(aes(age,data,col=factor(year)))+
theme(legend.position="none")+
scale_x_continuous(limits=c(0,15))
```

```
scale=stock.n(hutchen)[,25]%*%stock.wt(hutchen)
scale=(stock.n(hutchen)%*%stock.wt(hutchen)%-%scale)%/%scale
mat=matdd(ages(scale),par,scale,k=.5)
ggplot(as.data.frame(mat))+
geom_line(aes(age,data,col=factor(year)))+
theme(legend.position="none")+
scale_x_continuous(limits=c(0,15))
```

Methods to simulate random noise with autocorrelation, e.g. by age or cohort

Life history parameters can also be used to estimate quantities of use in stock assessment

Beverton and Holt (1956) developed a method to estimate life history and population parameters length data. e.g.

\[\begin{equation}Z=K\frac{L_{\infty}-\overline{L}}{\overline{L}-L^\prime} \end{equation}\]Based on which Powell (1979) developed a method, extended by Wetherall, Polovina, and Ralston (1987), to estimate growth and mortality parameters. This assumes that the right hand tail of a length frequency distribution was determined by the asymptotic length \(L_{\infty}\) and the ratio between Z and the growth rate k.

The Beverton and Holt methods assumes good estimates for K and \(L_{\infty}\), while the Powell-Wetherall method only requires an estimate of K, since \(L_{\infty}\) is estimated by the method as well as Z/K.These method therefore provide estimates for each distribution of Z/K, if K is unknown and Z if K is known.

%As well as assuming that growth follows the von Bertalanffy growth function, it is also assumed that the population is in a steady state with constant exponential mortality, no changes in selection pattern of the fishery and constant recruitment. In the Powell-Wetherall method \(L^\prime\) can take any value between the smallest and largest sizes. Equation 1 then provides a series of estimates of Z and since

Therefore plotting \(\overline{L}-L^\prime\) against \(L^\prime\) therefore provides an estimate of \(L_{\infty}\) and Z/K

Plotting \(\overline{L}-L^\prime\) against \(L^\prime\) provides an estimate of \(L_{\infty}\) and Z/k, since \(L_{\infty}=-a/b\) and \(Z/k=\frac{-1-b}{b}\). If k is known then it also provides an estimate of Z ( ).

```
age obs hat sel
1 1 32356 249252 0.0136
2 2 49911 152624 0.0342
3 3 69038 93457 0.0773
4 4 45627 57226 0.0834
5 5 32732 35041 0.0977
6 6 8910 21457 0.0434
```

```
data(ple4)
ctc=as.data.frame(catch.n(ple4))
ctc=ddply(ctc,.(year), with, cc(age=age,n=data))
ctc=ddply(transform(ctc,decade=factor(10*(year%/%10))),.(decade,age),with,data.frame(sel=mean(sel)))
ggplot(ctc)+
geom_line(aes(age,sel,colour=decade))
```

- You can submit bug reports, questions or suggestions on
`FLife`

at the`FLife`

issue page,^{4}or on the*FLR*mailing list. - Or send a pull request to https://github.com/flr/FLife/
- For more information on the FLR Project for Quantitative Fisheries Science in R, visit the FLR webpage.
^{5} - The latest version of
`FLife`

can always be installed using the`devtools`

package, by calling

```
library(devtools)
install_github("flr/FLife")
```

- R version 3.4.3 (2017-11-30)
- FLCore: 2.6.5
- FLPKG:
**Compiled**: Tue Dec 12 16:15:03 2017**Git Hash**: bdd94ea

This vignette and many of the methods documented in it were developed under the MyDas project funded by the Irish exchequer and EMFF 2014-2020. The overall aim of MyDas is to develop and test a range of assessment models and methods to establish Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) reference points (or proxy MSY reference points) across the spectrum of data-limited stocks.

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