Diel resource partitioning among juvenile Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout during summer

North American Journal of Fisheries Management
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Abstract

Interspecific partitioning of food and habitat resources has been widely studied in stream salmonids. Most studies have examined resource partitioning between two native species or between a native species and one that has been introduced. In this study we examine the diel feeding ecology and habitat use of three species of juvenile salmonids (i.e., Atlantic Salmon Salmo salar, Brown Trout Salmo trutta, and Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss) in a tributary of Skaneateles Lake, New York. Subyearling Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout fed more heavily from the drift than the benthos, whereas subyearling Atlantic Salmon fed more from the benthos than either species of trout. Feeding activity of Atlantic Salmon and Rainbow Trout was similar, with both species increasing feeding at dusk, whereas Brown Trout had no discernable feeding peak or trough. Habitat availability was important in determining site-specific habitat use by juvenile salmonids. Habitat selection was greater during the day than at night. The intrastream, diel, intraspecific, and interspecific variation we observed in salmonid habitat use in Grout Brook illustrates the difficulty of acquiring habitat use information for widespread management applications.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diel resource partitioning among juvenile Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout during summer
Series title North American Journal of Fisheries Management
DOI 10.1080/02755947.2015.1017121
Volume 35
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 12 p.
First page 586
Last page 597
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N