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Home range of juvenile Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, and brown trout, Salmo trutta, in a Norwegian stream

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  • T. HESTHAGEN

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    1. Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
      Dr T. Hesthagen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Tungasletta 2, 7004 Trondheim. Norway.
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Dr T. Hesthagen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Tungasletta 2, 7004 Trondheim. Norway.

Abstract

SUMMARY. 1. The sizes of home ranges of juvenile Atlantic salmon (age 1 +) and brown trout (age 2+ to 9+) in a Norwegian coastal stream were estimated by local movements of batch-marked fish from 12.5 and 25 m long sections. Only recoveries made in the release section and in up-and downstream neighbouring sections were considered.

2. There was no significant difference in the average percentage of recaptures of salmon and trout between 12.5 and 25 m sections; a stream area of about 40–50 m2 defines the size of home range for stocks of both species.

3. The fraction of brown trout recaptured in release sections increased with increasing fish densities, indicating a smaller home range under these conditions.

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