Diel activity of newly metamorphosed juvenile sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)

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Timing of activity, especially for juvenile anadromous fishes undertaking long migrations can be critical for survival. River-resident larval sea lamprey metamorphose into juveniles and migrate from their larval stream habitats in fall through spring, but diel timing of this migratory behavior is not well understood. Diel activity was determined for newly metamorphosed sea lamprey using day/night net sampling and passive integrated transponder (PIT) telemetry in two natural streams and PIT telemetry in an artificial stream. Downstream migration was primarily nocturnal in all studies. All but one of 372 sea lamprey were captured during night sampling in the day/night net collections and all detections (N = 56) for the in-stream PIT telemetry occurred within a few hours after sunset. Most (81% of 48) tagged lamprey moved downstream during the first night following release and moved at speeds consistent with observed water velocities. During long-term observation of behavior in the artificial stream most sea lamprey movement occurred during the night with limited occurrence of movement during daylight hours. Understanding seasonal and diel timing of downstream migration behavior may allow more effective management of sea lamprey for both conservation and control.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diel activity of newly metamorphosed juvenile sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)
Series title PLoS ONE
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0211687
Volume 14
Issue 2
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher PLOS
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 17 p.
First page 1
Last page 17