Chapter 2. Migration and Distribution of Atlantic Salmon Post-Smolts in the North Sea and North-East Atlantic
- Derek Mills MSc, PhD, FIFM, FLS
Published Online: 20 NOV 2007
Copyright © 2003 by Blackwell Science Ltd.
Salmon at the Edge
How to Cite
Holm, M., Hoist, J.C., Hansen, L.P., Jacobsen, J.A., O'Maoileidigh, N. and Moore, A. (2003) Migration and Distribution of Atlantic Salmon Post-Smolts in the North Sea and North-East Atlantic, in Salmon at the Edge (ed D. Mills), Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470995495.ch2
Atlantic Salmon Trust
- Published Online: 20 NOV 2007
- Published Print: 7 JUL 2003
Print ISBN: 9780632064571
Online ISBN: 9780470995495
- atlantic salmon;
- north sea;
- northeast atlantic;
- postsmolt trawling
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Earlier records of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) distribution and migration were almost exclusively based on information gathered from commercial fisheries. However, efforts to study salmon in the marine environment during the last 20 years have yielded scientific information which, although still sparse, has thrown light on the marine distribution of the fish in the northeast Atlantic. Knowledge about the marine migrations and distribution in time and space of the salmon is of vital importance to our understanding of both the general ecology of the species and the possible external influences that may lead to changes in growth and survival.
The paper summarizes our current knowledge on the spatial and temporal distribution of the postsmolt salmon in the northeast Atlantic. A special emphasis is placed on data gathered in Norwegian and English coastal tracking studies, Faeroese, Norwegian and Irish tagging experiments, and recent experiments with postsmolt trawling in coastal waters and the open ocean. The relationship between the marine environment and fish distribution is discussed.