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Previously undocumented two-year freshwater residency of juvenile coho salmon in Prairie Creek, California

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

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DOI: 10.1577/T06-061.1

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Abstract

Over 2,000 juvenile coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch were tagged with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags during the fall of 1998 and 1999 in Prairie Creek, California, as part of a study on individual winter growth rates and movement of juvenile coho salmon. During this study, age-2 out-migrants were incidentally observed. Previously, it had been generally assumed that all juvenile coho salmon in northern California streams spend only 1 year in freshwater before out-migrating at age 1 and that a 2-year freshwater life history pattern was found only in the more northerly portions of the species' range. Subsequently, scale analysis of PIT-tagged fish recaptured during spring out-migration was used as a basis for estimating the proportion of out-migrants displaying a 1- or 2-year freshwater residency life history. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of out-migrants captured in spring 2000 displayed a 2-year freshwater residency life history, apparently related to low winter growth rates documented in related research in the study stream. ?? Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2007.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Previously undocumented two-year freshwater residency of juvenile coho salmon in Prairie Creek, California
Series title:
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
DOI:
10.1577/T06-061.1
Volume
136
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
First page:
966
Last page:
970
Number of Pages:
5