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Efficacy of tagging European catfish Silurus glanis (L., 1758) released into ponds
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2013
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Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 127–129, February 2014
How to Cite
Rees, E. M. A., Britton, J. R., Godard, M. J., Crooks, N., Miller, J. I., Wesley, K. J. and Copp, G. H. (2014), Efficacy of tagging European catfish Silurus glanis (L., 1758) released into ponds. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 30: 127–129. doi: 10.1111/jai.12254
- Issue published online: 8 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 JAN 2013
- UK Defra and the Fisheries Society of the British Isles
The efficacy and sub-lethal consequences of single and double tagging European catfish Silurus glanis with Petersen disc and passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags were examined in short (laboratory) and longer-term (field) experiments. Tag retention in the laboratory was 100%, with normal behaviour (i.e. feeding) in all fish returning within 36 h. In the field, 65 of 120 tagged S. glanis were recaptured from five small study ponds, with 85% retaining their PIT tags, though recapture rates and tagging efficacy were highly variable amongst locations. This is consistent with literature for other fishes, suggesting that tagging efficiency is variable across species and largely context dependent (fish length, tagging location, habitat).