To estimate the empirical relationships in anchovy, the instantaneous natural mortality rate (M) calculated from von Bertalanffy Growth Function (VBGF) parameters, maximum total length (Lmax) and sea surface temperature (T,°C) were reviewed in the Black Sea. Empirical equations were presented for evaluation of M data in their relationships to VBGF parameters, T and Lmax. Based on biological consideration and regressional definition, it was recommended to use following formulas for estimating of natural mortality rate of small pelagic fish such as anchovy. M = 0.3237 + 1.3174*(K) - 0.0036*(L∞) - 0.0117*(T); M = 0.2639 + 1.3676*(K) - 0.0003*(Lmax) - 0.0124*(T).
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