Seasonal growth of wild Atlantic salmon juveniles and implications on age of smoltification

Strothotte, Eva, Chaput, G. J. and Rosenthal, Harald (2006) Seasonal growth of wild Atlantic salmon juveniles and implications on age of smoltification Journal of Fish Biology, 67 . pp. 1585-1602. DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2005.00865.x.

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Abstract

The seasonal growth trajectories of wild Atlantic salmon Salmo salar juveniles by age group within the Margaree River, Canada, are described. Circuli counts from scales were used to infer growth rates at different ages and these were used to predict the proportions of age 2‐ and 3‐year old smolts from different portions of the watershed. In the wild Atlantic salmon juveniles from the Margaree River, there was no bimodality in fork length frequencies and no 1 year old smolts were produced. Water temperature differences during the growing season were insufficient to explain the differences in growth rates and size at age among the sites sampled. There was a positive association between the growth rate in the first year and the subsequent age at smoltification. In the Margaree River, differences in tributary specific growth rates and size at age were expected to produce important differences in the relative ages at smoltification.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: words: age at smoltification; Salmo salar; seasonal growt
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2005.00865.x
ISSN: 0022-1112
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:50
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 09:05
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/2520

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