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Fisheries Behavioral Ecology - Abstracts

Olla, B.L., M.W. Davis, and C.B. Schreck. 1998. Temperature magnified postcapture mortality in adult sablefish after simulated trawling. Journal of Fish Biology 53(4):743-751.


For sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria that had been transferred abruptly from ambient (5.7° C) to temperatures ranging from 15 to 20° C for 30 min followed by 15 min in air (19.5° C), mortality increased with temperature. Mortality occurred at lower temperatures for sablefish that were net-towed for 4 h at ambient temperature before exposure to a rapid increase in temperature. A clear relationship was apparent between serum lactate and temperature with lactate increasing as temperature increased. For treatments in which mortality did not occur, lactate decreased sharply within 24 h, suggesting recovery. It would appear that the critical postcapture temperature for sablefish that reside and are captured at 4-6° C, would be between 12 and 15° C. The results of this study suggest that fishery management strategies designed to increase postcapture survival of sablefish bycatch should include a consideration of the impact of exposure to seasonal thermoclines and seasonally elevated air temperatures.


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