The relationships between environmental variables and the growth rates of fishes are important and rapidly expanding topics in fisheries ecology. We used an informationtheoretic approach to evaluate the influence of lake surface area and total phosphorus on the age-specific growth rates of Lepomis macrochirus (Bluegill) in 6 small impoundments in central Georgia. We used model averaging to create composite models and determine the relative importance of the variables within each model. Results indicated that surface area was the most important factor in the models predicting growth of Bluegills aged 1–4 years; total phosphorus was also an important predictor for the same age-classes. These results suggest that managers can use water quality and lake morphometry variables to create predictive models specific to their waterbody or region to help develop lake-specific management plans that select for and optimize local-level habitat factors for enhancing Bluegill growth.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Influence of lake surface area and total phosphorus on annual bluegill growth in small impoundments of central Georgia|
|Series title||Southeastern Naturalist|
|Publisher||Eagle Hill Institute|
|Contributing office(s)||Coop Res Unit Atlanta|
|Other Geospatial||Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center|