Influences of human activity and climate on the stock-recruitment dynamics of whitefish, Coregonus lavaretus, in Lake Geneva.

Anneville, O., Soussi, S., Molinero, Juan Carlos and Gerdeaux, D. (2009) Influences of human activity and climate on the stock-recruitment dynamics of whitefish, Coregonus lavaretus, in Lake Geneva. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 16 . pp. 492-500. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2400.2009.00703.x.

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Abstract

Analysis of long-term catches from the deep peri-alpine Lake Geneva, showed a shift in the stock-recruitment relationship of Coregonus lavaretus (L.), a target species of commercial fishing. This change was mainly related to large-scale meteorological factors. Higher spring water temperatures may have improved larval survival and hence recruitment of whitefish via: (1) a better match between the hatching date of whitefish larvae and development of their zooplankton prey; and (2) the positive temperature effect on larval growth. In Lake Geneva, changes in regulatory mechanisms coupled with stocking and improved water-quality have led to an explosion in the C. lavaretus population in recent years. These results highlight the relevance of long-term changes in the stock-recruitment relationship for management of aquatic ecosystems that are sensitive to climate forcing.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: climate change, fish, long-term studies, population regulation, re-oligotrophication, Zooplankton
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1111/j.1365-2400.2009.00703.x
ISSN: 0969-997X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 08:39
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 08:42
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/2372

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