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Density-independent survival of wild lake trout in the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior

Journal of Great Lakes Research

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Abstract

The lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) stock at Gull Island Shoal in western Lake Superior was one of only a few stocks of lean lake trout in the Great Lakes that survived overfishing and predation by the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). Since the mid 1960s, the abundance of wild recruits measured at age 0 and the number of age-7 to -11 wild fish recruited to the fishable stock have increased. We used the Varley-Gradwell method to test for density-dependent survival between these life stages. Survival from age-0 to ages 7-11 was not affected by increasing density, which suggests that further increases in recruitment and stock size are still possible. We suggest that testing for the existence of density-dependent survival can be used to indicate when lake trout populations are rehabilitated.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Density-independent survival of wild lake trout in the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior
Series title:
Journal of Great Lakes Research
Volume
21
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
p. 246-252
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
246
Last page:
252
Number of Pages:
6