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We used a mass balance equation relating total mortality of age II and older alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) to their removals by predatory fish and other sources of mortality as the basis for estimating that the forage base in Lake Michigan could support an additional 13,000 to 21,000 t of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) or a total lake trout biomass between 15,000 and 23,000 t. This biomass estimate is projected with biomasses of other trout and salmon held at 1979 levels. Major premises of this approach are that (1) the sustained availability of age II and older alewives to salmonines will ultimately limit the expansion of salmonine stocks, (2) the alewife population was oscillating without trend during 197380, and (3) additional limited predation on alewives would be compensated by a reduction in natural mortality caused by physiological stress and disease.
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Lake Michigan's capacity to support lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) and other salmonines: an estimate based on the status of prey populations in the 1970s
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences