Bioenergetics in ecosystems

Chapter of ENERGETIC MODELS in Encyclopedia of fish physiology: from genome to environment, volume 3
Edited by: Anthony P. Farrell



A bioenergetics model for a fish can be defined as a quantitative description of the fish’s energy budget. Bioenergetics modeling can be applied to a fish population in a lake, river, or ocean to estimate the annual consumption of food by the fish population; such applications have proved to be useful in managing fisheries. In addition, bioenergetics models have been used to better understand fish growth and consumption in ecosystems, to determine the importance of the role of fish in cycling nutrients within ecosystems, and to identify the important factors regulating contaminant accumulation in fish from lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Bioenergetics in ecosystems
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00153-2
Volume 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Academic Press
Publisher location San Diego, CA
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of fish physiology: from genome to environment
First page 1675
Last page 1680