The migratory behaviour of North Sea plaice: currents, clocks and clues

Metcalfe, Julian D, Hunter, Ewan and Buckley, Ainsley A (2006) The migratory behaviour of North Sea plaice: currents, clocks and clues. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 39 (1). pp. 25-36.

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Water currents are a dominant feature of the open sea and often play an important part in the life cycle of the fish that live there. For over three decades, a focus of research at Lowestoft has been the role of tidal water currents as a part of wider understanding of the population dynamics of plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) in the North Sea. Increasingly sophisticated telemetry methods have been developed and used, initially to describe the migratory behaviour of individual fish, and latterly to describe the spatial dynamics of whole populations. Here, the authors review cues and clues for environmental transport at different life stages, with a critical evaluation of the facultative use of selective tidal stream transport in relation to water current speed. The clues that trigger movement into mid-water by adult fish are reconsidered in light of new findings. Finally, the orientation capabilities of plaice, together with evidence of repeat migrations and spawning site fidelity were examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: plaice,migration,behaviour,data storage tags,vertical activity,endogenous clocks
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 12:02
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 12:02
DOI: 10.1080/10236240600563404

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