Journal Article

Acoustic Doppler current profiler observations of herring movement

Len Zedel, Tor Knutsen and Ranjan Patro

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 60, issue 4, pages 846-859
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI:
Acoustic Doppler current profiler observations of herring movement

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Observations were made of over-wintering (December 1997) and migrating (January 1998) Norwegian, spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus) using a moored 307 kHz acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP). The location of herring in ADCP data is identified by regions of volume-backscatter strength greater than −60 dB re 1 m−1. The presence of herring was verified using net trawls and 38 kHz, EK500 data. While the ADCP cannot make speed measurements of individual fish, the system does provide a measure of the swimming speed and direction of large herring schools. Herring were observed to move both horizontally and vertically: horizontal speeds were from 0 to 50 cm s−1. Higher speeds were observed during daylight hours for both deployments with somewhat increased activity at both dawn and dusk. At night-time, over-wintering herring demonstrated no well-defined velocity.

Keywords: herring; ADCP; migration; swimming speed; swimming direction

Journal Article.  8344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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