The development of the fish community in lakes after biomanipulation: key factors in the development of a good population of piscivorous fish species (38264)

Project Details


The objectives of the project are to strengthen the ability of DTU Aqua to consult authorities and stakeholders in the management of the fish community in lakes through (i) building time series on the development of the fish population in lakes, which has been subject to biomanipulation, (ii) make a cross analysis on a large data set containing information on standardized investigations of the fish community in more than 100 Danish lakes. Target species in lake fisheries in Denmark are the piscivorous species, which will be the focus of this project as well.

Biomanipulation has been applied to more than 50 Danish lakes with the objective to restore eutrophicated lakes to a state with clear water, extensive distribution of submerged macrophytes, a higher degree of biodiversity compared to turbid lakes, and a fish community dominated by piscivorous fish species. It is possible to apply biomanipulation to almost any eutrophic lake, but this restoration tool will only have a long lasting effect in lakes with an intermediate or low content and load of nutrients. In lakes where the improved environmental conditions last for several years, changes in the fish community can still be observed many years after the biomanipulation. Thus we want to describe the long term (10-25 years) development of the fish community, to be able to correctly answer what the end product of a biomanipulation is, regarding fish, on both community structure and population dynamics of the piscivorous species.

Beginning in 1990 we have built time series of the development on the fish population in 10 Danish lakes, where biomanipulation has been applied as a restoration tool. We use a standardized investigation method, which allows both within and between lakes analysis. Under the project 38826 (Handbook for management of lake fish and fisheries) a status report will be prepared in fall 2011.

The cross analysis of the more than 100 lake data set aims at developing models to describe the relation between population density and size distribution for important piscivorous species and factors like food availability, distribution and types of vegetation, nutrient levels and water clarity. This analysis is also done within the frame of the project 38826 (Handbook for management of lake fish and fisheries).

Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
Effective start/end date01/01/199931/12/2011


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