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Learning from unsuccessful radio tagging of common carp in a Namibian reservoir

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Radio tagged common carp Cyprinus carpio in a Namibian reservoir, where this species has been introduced, experienced 100% mortality or tag loss ( n = 13) with surgically implanted transmitters and 100% survival ( n = 5) with externally attached transmitters at water temperatures of 24–25° C. It seems that the negative effects of the tagging were greater for surgical implantation than for external attachment. The body shape of common carp make them well suited for external tagging, and this tagging method is recommended for common carp studies at high water temperatures or under other stressful conditions.

Keywords: Cyprinus carpio; common carp; radio transmitters; tag effects; telemetry

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Tungasletta 2, NO-7485 Trondheim, Norway and 2: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Private Bag 2116, Mariental, Namibia

Publication date: March 1, 2003


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