FECUNDITY AND EGG SIZE IN SEA TROUT (SALMO TRUTTA M. TRUTTA L.) IN POND CONDITIONS
Piotr Dębowski, Stefan Dobosz, Joanna Grudniewska, Henryk Kuźmiński
The Stanisław Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn, Poland
ABSTRACT.During a five-year period, the fecundity and egg size of individual Vistula sea trout marked with PIT tags were studied. The dependencies between fish length, age and the number of times the fish had spawned and its fecundity and egg size were analyzed. Both fecundity and egg size increased as fish length increased. However, after taking into consideration fish growth, fecundity decreased slightly with age while egg size increased. These two traits were mutually inversely correlated. After taking into consideration differences in length, fish that were spawning for the first time were less fecund than their peers at a similar egg size.
Key words: SEA TROUT (SALMO TRUTTA M. TRUTTA), FECUNDITY, EGG SIZE
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