Islands in the ice stream: were spawning habitats for native salmonids in the Great Lakes created by paleo-ice streams?

Stephen C. Riley, Thomas R. Binder, Taaja R. Tucker, John Menzies, Nick Eyles, John Janssen, Andrew M. Muir, Peter C. Esselman, Nigel J. Wattrus, Charles C. Krueger

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Abstract

Lake trout Salvelinus namaycush, lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis and cisco Coregonus artedi are salmonid fishes native to the Laurentian Great Lakes that spawn on rocky substrates in the fall and early winter. After comparing the locations of spawning habitat for these species in the main basin of Lake Huron with surficial substrates and the hypothesized locations of fast-flowing Late Wisconsinan paleo-ice streams, we hypothesize that much of the spawning habitat for these species in Lake Huron is the result of deposition and erosion by paleo-ice streams. This hypothesis may represent a new framework for the identification and protection of spawning habitat for these native species, some of which are currently rare or extirpated in some of the Great Lakes. We further suggest that paleo-ice streams may have been responsible for the creation of native salmonid spawning habitat elsewhere in the Great Lakes and in other glaciated landscapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-359
Number of pages13
JournalFish and Fisheries
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cisco
  • drumlin
  • glaciation
  • lake trout
  • lake whitefish
  • spawning habitat

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    Riley, S. C., Binder, T. R., Tucker, T. R., Menzies, J., Eyles, N., Janssen, J., Muir, A. M., Esselman, P. C., Wattrus, N. J., & Krueger, C. C. (2017). Islands in the ice stream: were spawning habitats for native salmonids in the Great Lakes created by paleo-ice streams? Fish and Fisheries, 18(2), 347-359. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12173