When using the
capture-recapture method to estimate population size,
scientists make several assumptions.
For example, they assume that each member of the population
has the same chance of being captured and that the marks
or tags wont fall off or become unrecognizable.
What other assumptions do you
think would be reasonable when using this method?
What sort of problems might
occur when using the capture-recapture method?
do you think the size of the samples in a capture-recapture
experiment affects the accuracy
of the estimate?
What other populations might
be estimated using a capture-recapture model?
How would you mark a fish for
a capture-recapture experiment?