Broadband sound can induce jumping behavior in invasive silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)

Brooke J. Vetter, Allen Mensinger

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Invasive silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) are notorious for their prolific and unusual jumping behavior. Juvenile and adult (∼25 kg) carp can jump up to 3 m above the water surface in response to moving watercraft; however, it is unclear what is the trigger that elicits jumping. Broadband sound (0.06 - 10 kHz) recorded from an outboard motor (100 hp at 32 km/hr), elicited jumping behavior in wild fish when played from speakers mounted on a slow moving (3 - 6 km/hr) boat in the Spoon River near Havana, Illinois. Fish jumped in 100% of the sound trials, implying that broadband sound elicits jumping. The findings suggest that anthropogenic sound can be used to alter the behavior of silver carp and has implications for deterrent barriers or herding fish for removal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number010021
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 10 2016
Event4th International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Jul 10 2016Jul 16 2016

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