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Endurance swimming of diploid and triploid Atlantic salmon

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When groups of diploid (mean ± s.e. fork length, LF) 33·0 ± 1·4 cm and triploid (35·3 ± 0·5 cm) Atlantic salmon Salmo salar were forced to swim at controlled speeds in a carefully monitored 10 m diameter ‘annular’ tank no significant difference was found between the maximum sustained swimming speeds (Ums, maintainable for 200 min) where the fish swam at the limit of their aerobic capability. Diploids achieved 2·99 body lengths per second (bl s−1)(0·96 m s−1) and triploids sustained 2·91 bl s−1(1·02 m s−1). The selection of fish for the trials was based on their ability to swim with a moving pattern projected from a gantry rotating at the radius of the tank and the selection procedure did not prove to be significant by ploidy. A significant difference was found between the anaerobic capabilities of the fish measured as endurance times at their prolonged swimming speeds. During the course of the experimentation the voluntary swimming speed selected by the fish increased and the schooling behaviour improved. The effect of the curvature of the tank on the fish speeds was calculated (removing the curved effect of the tank increased the speed in either ploidy by 5·5%). Implications of the endurance times and speeds are discussed with reference to the aquaculture of triploid Atlantic salmon.

Keywords: Atlantic salmon; endurance; swimming; triploid

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: FRS Marine Laboratory, P. O. Box 101, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, Scotland, U.K.

Publication date: December 1, 2004


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