Skip to main content

Short-term Habitat Use and Vertical Movements of the Pelagic Stingray Pteroplatytrygon Violacea in the Western North Atlantic Ocean Determined by Pop-up Archival Satellite Tags

Buy Article:

$22.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

.—The pelagic stingray,Pteroplatytrygon violacea, is commonly encountered as bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries targeting swordfish,Xiphias gladius, and tunas; however, very little is known about its habitat use. To better assess the utility of the technology and attachment method, four pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) with short, 13-d durations were deployed on pelagic stingrays in 2010 and 2011 in the South Atlantic Bight (n = 2) and the northern Gulf of Mexico (n = 2). Analysis of the minimum straight-line distances from the first transmission locations compared to release locations showed that pelagic stingrays moved from 151.0 to 258.0 km [mean (SD) = 190.8 (46.6) km] or between 11.6 and 19.8 km d –1 . Data also indicates pelagic stingrays undergo small diel vertical migrations with stingrays inhabiting slightly warmer [20.95 (3.4) °C], shallower [128.6 (99.8) m] waters at night, compared to cooler [19.7 (3.0) °C], deeper [167.0 (112.4) m] waters during the day. Understanding habitat use and behavior of less economically important species, particularly those that compose a substantial portion of bycatch like pelagic stingrays, will help fisheries managers account for these interactions with more economically valuable target species, as well as advance the overall understanding of pelagic ecosystems and aid in conservation efforts.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Present address: National Marine Fisheries Service, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 2: Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, 3618 US-98, St. Teresa, Florida 32358; Present address: School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, SUNY Cobleskill, 106 Suffolk Circle, Cobleskill, New York 12043 3: Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; Present address: Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 1220 Prospect Avenue, Suite 285, Melbourne, Florida 32901 4: Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 5: Halmos College of Arts and Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004; <>, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: July 1, 2023

This article was made available online on May 9, 2023 as a Fast Track article with title: "Short-term habitat use and vertical movements of the pelagic stingray Pteroplatytrygon violacea in the western North Atlantic Ocean determined by pop-up archival satellite tags".

More about this publication?
  • The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content