Relationships among early life stages of Morone americana and Morone saxatilis from long-term monitoring of the Hudson River estuary

M. L. Pace, S. B. Baines, H. Cyr, J. A. Downing

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Abstract

Annual abundances of eggs, yolk-sac larvae (YSL), post-yolk-sac larvae (PYSL), and young-of-the-year (YOY) stages of white perch Morone americana and striped bass Morone saxatilis are summarized from a 17-yr monitoring program in the Hudson River Estuary. Variability in temperature and freshwater flow in the Hudson River explained little of the interannual variation of early life stages of either species. Year class strength as indicated by the abundance of early life stages does not appear to be strongly influenced by environmental conditions. YSL were positively related to the abundance of eggs, but these relationships were weak, reflecting the high uncertainty in egg abundance estimates. There were positive relationships between the abundances of YSL and PYSL for both species. Interannual variability in mortality is less important in determining recruitment to PYSL than the abundance of the prior life stages. There was no relationship, however, between the abundance estimates of PYSL and YOY. Differential mortality among years during the larval stage may result in juvenile recruitment being independent of larval abundance. A second possibility is that YOY are poorly sampled so that the monitoring programs provide inadequate estimates of the abundance of YOY. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1976-1985
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume50
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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