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Graham D. Raby, Michael R. Donaldson, Scott G. Hinch, David A. Patterson, Andrew G. Lotto, David Robichaud, Karl K. English, William G. Willmore, Anthony P. Farrell, Michael W. Davis and Steven J. Cooke Validation of reflex indicators for measuring vitality and predicting the delayed mortality of wild coho salmon bycatch released from fishing gears Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 23 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02073.x

This is the first validation of RAMP in a wild setting. Based on our findings, fishers could use the method and make adjustments in fishing behaviour in real-time to improve fish condition and reduce the mortality of bycatch, and conservation practitioners could monitor animal condition and identify problems that deserve management attention. RAMP is an easy, rapid and inexpensive approach to predicting mortality and measuring vitality and performed better than traditional physiological tools that cannot easily be used by stakeholders.

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