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The chief aim of this project is to determine if the populations of the common snook, Centropomus Undecimalis, in the Atlantic and Gulf coast are being affected by overfishing. This is established by evaluating the intrinsic rate of change for these populations and their carrying capacities. It turns out that the carrying capacity for the population of the Atlantic coast is approximately one million snook and its intrinsic rate is 0.00621, while the carrying capacity of the Gulf coast's population is 2.9 million snook and its intrinsic rate is 0.00165. The decline of both populations is most likely due to the overfishing; however Gulf coast's population of the snook is decreasing at a faster rate than in the Atlantic.

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Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics

Robert Muller, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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