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Observations of natural behaviour of yellowtail flounder derived from data storage tags

Stephen J. Walsh and M. Joanne Morgan

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 61, issue 7, pages 1151-1156
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icesjms.2004.07.005
Observations of natural behaviour of yellowtail flounder derived from data storage tags

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Electronic data storage tags (DSTs) were used to monitor natural behaviour of adult yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) in relation to depth, temperature, time of day, and season. Over a 2-year period, a total of 543 fish tagged with DSTs were released during June of each year. Results from 29 tags revealed that yellowtail flounder exhibit diel and seasonal variations in depth and temperature. The results also show, for the first time in this species, that during various times of the year yellowtail flounder make extensive off-bottom movements at night and can remain off bottom for several hours.

Keywords: behaviour; data storage tags; diel; flatfish; movements; surveys; yellowtail flounder

Journal Article.  3244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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