Effect of smolt size on postrelease survival of hatchery-reared masu salmon Oncorhynchus masou
The relationship between mean weights of hatchery-reared masu salmon Oncorhynchus masou smolts at release and the subsequent recovery rates by coastal commercial fisheries in Hokkaido, northern Japan, was investigated using the maximum likelihood method. A strongly positive correlation was observed, showing smolts with a mean of 32.6 g obtained an approximately 20-fold recovery rate of those with a mean of 14.8 g. The model with log-transformed independent variable (Yi = –11.237 + 4.239 ln Xi) was selected as the most parsimonious model to represent the release size (Xi) and recovery rate (Yi) relationship.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2001