Depth preference in released juvenile turbot Psetta maxima

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Hatchery-reared juvenile turbot Psetta maxima were tagged with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags and released at three different depths in a sandy bay in Denmark. About 2–7% of the released fish were registered
daily to monitor their distribution using a tag antenna mounted on a modified beam trawl, thus avoiding actually sampling the fish. The change in distribution of the three groups was adequately represented by a twodimensional
movement model. Movement along the shorewas described by a Brownianmotion with group specific drift.Movement perpendicular to the shore linewas described by a Cox–Ingersoll–Ross processwith a group specific attraction point. All three groups exhibited similar depth preferences of 1.7 m. Immediately after the release, fish were concentrated around the release points but after one day, fish had moved to the preferred depth and subsequently maintained their position at this depth. Farmed turbot exhibited strong site fidelity and an innate
behaviour for selecting a preferred depth
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Issue number461
Pages (from-to)179-184
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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