Fish & Fisheries Series

Ecology of Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout

Habitat as a template for life histories

Authors: Jonsson, Bror, Jonsson, Nina

  • A modern reference to the ecology of Atlantic salmon and brown trout with intraspecific and interspecific comparisons
  • First synthesis of the close relationship between habitat and life histories of these species
  • Wide description of how salmonid populations are influenced by climate change and escape from salmon farms and how populations can be managed to reduce negative environmental impacts
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Destruction of habitat is the major cause for loss of biodiversity including variation in life history and habitat ecology. Each species and population adapts to its environment, adaptations visible in morphology, ecology, behaviour, physiology and genetics. Here, the authors present the population ecology of Atlantic salmon and brown trout and how it is influenced by the environment in terms of growth, migration, spawning and recruitment. Salmonids appeared as freshwater fish some 50 million years ago. Atlantic salmon and brown trout evolved in the Atlantic basin, Atlantic salmon in North America and Europe, brown trout in Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. The species live in small streams as well as large rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal seas and oceans, with brown trout better adapted to small streams and less well adapted to feeding in the ocean than Atlantic salmon. Smolt and adult sizes and longevity are constrained by habitat conditions of populations spawning in small streams. Feeding, wintering and spawning opportunities influence migratory versus resident lifestyles, while the growth rate influences egg size and number, age at maturity, reproductive success and longevity. Further, early experiences influence later performance. For instance, juvenile behaviour influences adult homing, competition for spawning habitat, partner finding and predator avoidance.
 

The abundance of wild Atlantic salmon populations has declined in recent years; climate change and escaped farmed salmon are major threats. The climate influences through changes in temperature and flow, while escaped farmed salmon do so through ecological competition, interbreeding and the spreading of contagious diseases. The authors pinpoint essential problems and offer suggestions as to how they can be reduced. In this context, population enhancement, habitat restoration and management are also discussed. The text closes with a presentation of what the authors view as major scientific challenges in ecological research on these species.

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“This book brings together a tremendous amount of material … on Atlantic salmon and brown trout in a well-organized manner, producing a book that is both thorough and accessible. … There is no doubt that this book has hit the mark with respect to graduate students and working scientists. … those obtaining it will find it full of information about past research and ideas for future work.” (Thomas P. Quinn, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Vol. 22, 2012)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecology of Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout
Book Subtitle
Habitat as a template for life histories
Authors
Series Title
Fish & Fisheries Series
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1189-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1189-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1188-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 708
Topics