Journal article

Swimming ability and behaviour of post-larvae of a temperate marine fish re-entrained in the pelagic environment

JS Hindell, GP Jenkins, SM Moran, MJ Keough

OECOLOGIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2003

Abstract

The degree to which behaviour, vertical movement and horizontal transport, in relation to local hydrodynamics, may facilitate secondary dispersal in the water column was studied in post-larval Sillaginodes punctata in Port Phillip Bay, Australia. S. punctata were captured in shallow seagrass beds and released at the surface in three depth zones (1.5, 3 and 7 m) off-shore at each of two sites to mimic the re-entrainment of fish. The behaviour, depth and position of S. punctata were recorded through time. The direction and speed of local currents were described using an S4 current meter and the movement of drogues. Regardless of site, fish immediately oriented toward the bottom, and into the c..

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