Bioenergetic modelling of the marine phase of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

Smith, I. Philip, Booker, Douglas J. and Wells, Neil C. (2009) Bioenergetic modelling of the marine phase of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Marine Environmental Research, 67, (4-5), 246-258. (doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2008.12.010).


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A bioenergetic model of marine phase, wild Atlantic salmon was constructed to investigate the potential effects on post-smolt growth of predicted changes in oceanic conditions. Short-term estimates of growth in weight were similar to measurements in captivity and simulated growth varied with water temperature and swimming speed as expected. Longer-term estimates of growth in length were less than that achieved by wild salmon, particularly with constant swimming assumed. The model was sensitive to parameters relating to maximum daily food consumption, respiration and the relationships between body energy content, length and weight. Some of the sensitive parameters were based on substantive information on Atlantic salmon and their realistic ranges are likely to be much narrower than those tested. However, other parameter values were based on scant data, farmed Atlantic salmon or other salmonid species, and are therefore less certain and indicate where future empirical research should be focussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2008.12.010
ISSNs: 0141-1136 (print)
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Keywords: Atlantic salmon; Post-smolt; Marine phase; Growth; Temperature; Climate change; Marine ecology; Mathematical models
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 66330
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2009Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:52

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