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Home range, site fidelity and synchronous migrations of three co-occurring, morphologically distinct estuarine fish species


Tracey, SR and Hartmann, K and McAllister, J and Lyle, JM, Home range, site fidelity and synchronous migrations of three co-occurring, morphologically distinct estuarine fish species, Science of The Total Environment, 713 Article 136629. ISSN 0048-9697 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136629


Determining the movement behaviours of animals is essential for understanding population dynamics. This is fundamental for developing effective spatial management strategies and in assessing the response of species to anthropogenic disturbance. This study uses a Bayesian state-space model applied to acoustic transmitter data to describe the temporal and spatial movement patterns of three estuarine fish species commonly targeted by recreational anglers in southeast Australia: Black Bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri), Sand Flathead (Platycephalus bassensis), and Brown Trout (Salmo trutta). Despite morphological differences between the three species, several common traits were observed in their movement and behaviour. Of the 50 individuals across all three species that were tracked, the vast majority remained within the estuary where they were tagged for the duration of the study. While the home ranges of the three species differed in size, all individuals remained resident around the mid-estuary where the majority of fish were tagged were released. Each of the species also displayed seasonal migrations, presumably linked to spawning. The timing of the beginning of these migrations was well synchronised both within and among species, starting in late spring/early summer. This suggests that environmental factors such as water temperature and day length may play an important role in cueing spawning behaviour for each of the species. These migratory behaviours suggest adverse changes to estuarine conditions such as reduced river flows may have potential consequences for spawning success for some species and hence implications for fisheries management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acoustic telemetry, recreational fishing, Acanthopagrus butcheri, Platycephalus bassensis, Salmo trutta, Bayesian state-space model
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - recreational freshwater
UTAS Author:Tracey, SR (Associate Professor Sean Tracey)
UTAS Author:Hartmann, K (Dr Klaas Hartmann)
UTAS Author:McAllister, J (Dr Jaime McAllister)
UTAS Author:Lyle, JM (Associate Professor Jeremy Lyle)
ID Code:136901
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2020-01-22
Last Modified:2021-03-16

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