Distribution, movements, and habitat use of small striped bass (Morone saxatilis) across multiple spatial scales

Able, Kenneth W. and Grothues, Thomas M. and Turnure, Jason and Byrne, Donald M. and Clerkin, Paul (2012) Distribution, movements, and habitat use of small striped bass (Morone saxatilis) across multiple spatial scales. Fishery Bulletin, 110(2), pp. 176-192.

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Abstract

Distribution, movements, and habitat use of small (<46 cm, juveniles and individuals of unknown maturity) striped bass (Morone saxatilis) were investigated with multiple techniques and at multiple spatial scales (surveys and tag-recapture in the estuary and ocean, and telemetry in the estuary) over multiple years to determine the frequency and duration of use of non-natal estuaries. These unique comparisons suggest, at least in New Jersey, that smaller individuals (<20 cm) may disperse from natal estuaries and arrive in non-natal estuaries early in life and take up residence for several years. During this period of estuarine residence, individuals spend all seasons primarily in the low salinity portions of the estuary. At larger sizes, they then leave these non-natal estuaries to begin coastal migrations with those individuals from nurseries in natal estuaries. These composite observations of frequency and duration of habitat use indicate that non-natal estuaries may provide important habitat for a portion of the striped bass population.

Item Type: Article
Title: Distribution, movements, and habitat use of small striped bass (Morone saxatilis) across multiple spatial scales
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Able, Kenneth W.
Grothues, Thomas M.
Turnure, Jason
Byrne, Donald M.
Clerkin, Paul
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 110
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 176-192
Date: April 2012
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8679
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 14:52
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 14:52
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8679

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