Movements of tagged yellow perch, Perca flavescens (Mitchell), in Indiana waters of Lake Michigan during 1980 and 1981

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dc.contributor.advisor McComish, Thomas S. (Thomas Sherman), 1938- en_US Meade, Richard en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in-- n-us--mi en_US 2011-06-03T19:33:23Z 2011-06-03T19:33:23Z 1982 en_US 1982
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1982 .M42 en_US
dc.description.abstract During 1980 and 1981 respectively, 2425 and 4028 yellow perch 150-359 mm were Floy-tagged from June through August at four sites in Indiana waters of Lake Michigan. Most of the 6453 perch were tagged from mid-June to early August and almost 90% were less than 210 mm.An overall recapture rate of 3.2% (204 fish) was obtained by April 1, 1982. Site recapture rates were positively related to the numbers of fish tagged. Slightly over 92% of all fish were tagged at sites M and K and 94.5% of all recaptures originated from these two sites. Second season recaptures accounted for 25.5% of all recaptures. Peak recapture rates occurred in July. Sources of recaptures were 67.6% from sport fishermen, 25.5% from commercial fishermen, and 6.9% from Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Ball State University trawl catches and other sources.Most recaptured perch were in the 150-229 mm length interval, but an apparent size selection by both commercial and sport gear existed towards 180-229 mm perch. The recapture of large numbers of 150-159 mm fish indicated survival of small perch was not an important factor influencing size selection. Information on sizes of fish recaptured by sex and age was insufficient for evaluation.Although straight line movements of up to 166 km occurred, most fish remained near the original tagging sites. Distances traveled were similar for fish from all tagging sites in 1980, 1981 and for second season recaptures. Over 76% of all fish were recaptured in Indiana waters and about 86% traveled less than 32.0 km from the original tagging sites. The majority (64%) of fish leaving Indiana waters were captured nearby at New Buffalo and Union Pier, Michigan. About 68% of all recaptures were received within 60 days of release. Even though considerable variability was evident in the distances traveled with time, no seasonal trends were observed for perch of various sizes.Simple regression analysis of data for combined years revealed only 27% of all variation in distance traveled by perch was accounted for by the time at large (days) prior to recapture. Multiple regression analysis revealed the time at large was more important than fish length in relation to distance traveled, accounting for 27.3% and 0.2% of the explained variability, respectively. Data including second season recaptures more accurately represented these relationships and indicated these variables were poorly related to distance traveled. Examination of residuals showed a dramatic and statistically undesirable increase in unexplained variability was associated with far ranging fish. Other factors should be considered in future multiple regression analyses.Indiana yellow perch stocks appear to be fairly discrete entities. The majority of fish tended to remain periods of at least one year.
dc.format.extent x, 157 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Perch. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fish populations -- Michigan, Lake. en_US
dc.title Movements of tagged yellow perch, Perca flavescens (Mitchell), in Indiana waters of Lake Michigan during 1980 and 1981 en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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