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Royan, Mansour, 2013. Manipulations of feed ration and rearing density : effects on river migration performance of Atlantic salmon smolt. Second cycle, A2E. Umeå: SLU, Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies

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The out-migration of Atlantic salmon smolts was studied at the lower part of the Umeå River (River Umeälven) from the Norrfors dam towards the sea (Bothnian Bay) in northern Sweden. Two-year old hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon (n=250) were tagged with acoustic transmitters and released downstream of the Norrfors dam and monitored while migrating downstream. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of feed restriction and rearing density on the migratory behaviour of Atlantic salmon smolts in the lower part of the flow-controlled river Umeälven in northern Sweden.

Twenty acoustic receivers were deployed along the river section to cover all possible migration routes. Hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon smolts from five treatment groups were tagged using acoustic transmitters and released in late May 2012. A majority of the smolts migrated to the sea within a week after release. The smolts showed different migration speeds at different parts of the river. However, the average migration speed was similar for all treatment groups except for the strongest feed restricted treatment group that was significantly slower. The total mortality was higher in the old river channel downstream the dam to the Confluence area. No effects of any treatments could be detected on either migration speed or mortality.

Main title:Manipulations of feed ration and rearing density
Subtitle:effects on river migration performance of Atlantic salmon smolt
Authors:Royan, Mansour
Supervisor:Alanärä, Anders and Persson, Lo
Examiner:Lundqvist, Hans
Series:Examensarbete i ämnet biologi / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för vilt, fisk och miljö
Volume/Sequential designation:2013:9
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM003 Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Keywords:Atlantic salmon, smolt, feed restriction, rearing density, migration, mortality, migration speed
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2440
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2440
Subjects:Animal ecology
Fisheries and aquaculture - General aspects
Life sciences
Language:English
Deposited On:27 Jun 2013 14:52
Metadata Last Modified:27 Jun 2013 14:52

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