Re-estimating temperature-dependent consumption parameters in bioenergetics models for juvenile Chinook salmon

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
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Abstract

Researchers have cautioned against the borrowing of consumption and growth parameters from other species and life stages in bioenergetics growth models. In particular, the function that dictates temperature dependence in maximum consumption (Cmax) within the Wisconsin bioenergetics model for Chinook Salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha produces estimates that are lower than those measured in published laboratory feeding trials. We used published and unpublished data from laboratory feeding trials with subyearling Chinook Salmon from three stocks (Snake, Nechako, and Big Qualicum rivers) to estimate and adjust the model parameters for temperature dependence in Cmax. The data included growth measures in fish ranging from 1.5 to 7.2 g that were held at temperatures from 14°C to 26°C. Parameters for temperature dependence in Cmax were estimated based on relative differences in food consumption, and bootstrapping techniques were then used to estimate the error about the parameters. We found that at temperatures between 17°C and 25°C, the current parameter values did not match the observed data, indicating that Cmax should be shifted by about 4°C relative to the current implementation under the bioenergetics model. We conclude that the adjusted parameters for Cmax should produce more accurate predictions from the bioenergetics model for subyearling Chinook Salmon.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Re-estimating temperature-dependent consumption parameters in bioenergetics models for juvenile Chinook salmon
Series title Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
DOI 10.1080/00028487.2014.986336
Volume 144
Issue 2
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 8 p.
First page 323
Last page 330
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