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A comparison of tag retention and mortality from two tagging methods for internal tag placement in Channel Catfish.

Durhack, Travis C.; Simpson, Holly A.; Watkinson, Douglas A.; Pegg, Mark A. et Enders, Eva C. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2103-0359 (2024). A comparison of tag retention and mortality from two tagging methods for internal tag placement in Channel Catfish. North American Journal of Fisheries Management , vol. 44 , nº 2. pp. 428-437. DOI: 10.1002/nafm.10991.

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Objective: Documenting the movement of Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus through telemetry, where a transmitter tag is surgically implanted in the fish, can provide valuable insight into the species' spatial ecology and habitat use. However, since fish in the order Siluriformes can expel foreign objects such as tags from their body cavity, the utility of telemetry technology may be limited for Channel Catfish. This study aimed to determine (1) how quickly Channel Catfish reject tags that were surgically implanted into the body cavity, (2) if surgical implantation of transmitter tags causes mortality, and (3) what surgical method is best to minimize tag rejection and/or mortality.Methods: Three surgical trials were conducted on Channel Catfish (n= 24) using two tag implantation methods: a nontethered method, in which the tag was freely implanted into the body cavity, and a tethered method, where the tag was attached to the pectoral girdle. Fish were observed in the lab for 30 days for trials 1 and 2 and 225 days for trial 3 following tag implantation.Result: No complete tag rejections occurred during any of the three experimental tri-als. However, all five tethered fish experienced mortality during trial 3 (58–221 days postsurgery). Necropsies indicated that the tethered tagging method led to septicae-mia infections and internal lacerations from the tether, which were not observed in the nontethered fish. Tags in the nontethered fish were in the process of being absorbed into the intestinal tract, which over time might have led to tag rejection.Conclusion: While rejection is possibly the end point of the nontethered tagging method, our results suggest it is nevertheless the better tagging method for Channel Catfish given higher survival.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: channel Catfish; internal tag; tag retention; telemetry
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 09 juill. 2024 14:45
Dernière modification: 09 juill. 2024 14:45
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/15622

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