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Estimation of digestion rates for herring Clupea harengus L. feeding on fish larvae

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Two methods for estimating digestion rate were evaluated and the digestion rate to disappearance was estimated to be 0·30 h−1 for herring Clupea harengus feeding on capelin Mallotus villosus larvae. Due to high individual variability in feeding rates in schooling fish species, groups should be fed in separate tanks and stomach contents collected from each group at a predetermined time.

Keywords: Atlantic herring; capelin; digestion rates; larvae; predation; schooling

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01312.x

Affiliations: Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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