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Determining the effects of species, environmental conditions and tracking method on the detection efficiency of portable PIT telemetry

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The efficiency of portable passive integrated transponder (PIT) telemetry at detecting five fish species in a small river was evaluated under different environmental and tracking conditions. Significant differences between species were apparent, with detection efficiency varying between 0·7% (Leuciscus leuciscus) and 43·1% (Salmo trutta). Conditions of reduced flow and tracking in a downstream direction significantly increased detection efficiency for salmonids, while time of day had no significant effect for any species.

Keywords: Anguilla anguilla; Leuciscus leuciscus; passive integrated transponder; portable antenna; tracking

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Conservation Ecology & Environmental Change, School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, U.K. 2: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Salmon & Trout Research Centre, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6BB, U.K.

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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