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Predicting the factors influencing the inter- and intra-specific survival rates of riverine fishes implanted with acoustic transmitters.

Winter, E.R., Hindes, A.M., Lane, S. and Britton, J.R., 2020. Predicting the factors influencing the inter- and intra-specific survival rates of riverine fishes implanted with acoustic transmitters. Journal of Fish Biology, 97 (4), 1209-1219.

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DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14504


Biotelemetry is a central tool for fisheries management, with the implantation of transmitters into animals requiring refined surgical techniques that maximise retention rates and fish welfare. Even following successful surgery, long-term post-release survival rates can vary considerably, although knowledge is limited for many species. The aim here was to investigate the post-tagging survival rates in the wild of two lowland river fish species, common bream Abramis brama and northern pike Esox lucius, following their intra-peritoneal double-tagging with acoustic transmitters and passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. Survival over a two-year period was assessed using acoustic transmitter data in Cox proportional hazards models. Post-tagging survival rates were lowest in the reproductive periods of both species, but in bream, fish tagged just prior to spawning actually had the highest subsequent survival rates. Pike survival was influenced by sex, with males generally surviving longer than females. PIT tag detections at fixed stations identified bream that remained active, despite loss of an acoustic transmitter signal. In these instances, loss of the acoustic signal occurred up to 215 days post-tagging and only during late spring or summer, indicating a role of elevated temperature, while PIT detections occurred between 18 and 359 days after the final acoustic detections. Biotelemetry studies must thus always consider the date of tagging as a fundamental component of study designs in order to avoid tagged fish having premature end points within telemetry studies.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funding information We gratefully acknowledge the support for EWof the EU LIFE+ Nature and BiodiversityProgramme: LIFE14NAT/UK/000054, as well as funding and resource support from the Environment Agency.
Uncontrolled Keywords:PIT tag ; common bream ; mortality ; northern pike ; tag retention ; tracking
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:34454
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Aug 2020 07:57
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:23


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