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Post-release and pre-spawning behaviour of simulated escaped adult rainbow trout Oncorhynhus mykiss in Lake Övre Fryken, Sweden

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Using radio telemetry, the present study simulated the escape of 48 adult rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss from a net-cage fish farm in the Lake Övre Fryken, Sweden. The post-release dispersal of O. mykiss was fast, showed long-range dispersal behaviour, low winter survival and lacked the ability to find suitable spawning habitats. Thus, the present study suggested that reproducing for the first time may be an obstacle to the establishment of escaped farmed O. mykiss.

Keywords: escape; fish farm; movement behaviour; non-native; radio telemetry; spawning habitat

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden

Publication date: 2009-02-01

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