Behaviour of walleye, sander vitreus, and largemouth bass, micropterus salmoides, exposed to different wave intensities and boat operating conditions during livewell confinement

Suski, C.D., Cooke, S.J., Killen, S.S. , Wahl, D.H. and Tufts, B.L. (2005) Behaviour of walleye, sander vitreus, and largemouth bass, micropterus salmoides, exposed to different wave intensities and boat operating conditions during livewell confinement. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 12(1), pp. 19-26. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2400.2004.00415.x)

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Abstract

During live-release angling tournaments in North America, fish are typically retained in livewells onboard boats during the angling day. Mortality of fish occurs at some tournaments, and wave intensities and livewell conditions may influence mortality levels. This study used two species of fish targeted in live-release angling tournaments in North America (largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides L. and walleye Sander vitreus L.) to quantify the response(s) of fish in livewells to different wave treatments. Video analyses revealed that largemouth bass were active during low intensity disturbances, but during violent boat movements tended to settle to the bottom of the livewell and orient to face the direction of the disturbance. Walleye were less active than bass for all treatments, and additionally did not orient to face the direction of disturbance, consequently contacting the side of the livewell during boat rocking. These results are considered in the context of mortality at live-release tournaments.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Killen, Dr Shaun
Authors: Suski, C.D., Cooke, S.J., Killen, S.S., Wahl, D.H., and Tufts, B.L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Fisheries Management and Ecology
ISSN:0969-997X
ISSN (Online):1365-2400

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