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dc.contributor.authorSchueller, Paul Michael
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T16:22:16Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T16:22:16Z
dc.date.issued2008-12
dc.identifier.otherschueller_paul_m_200812_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/schueller_paul_m_200812_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/25306
dc.description.abstractThe Atlantic sturgeon was commercially harvested in the United States until 1996. The current status of most populations since fishery closure is unknown as life history and habitat use have been the focus of most previous research. From 2004 to 2007, I collected mark-recapture data of both the juvenile and adult portion of the Altamaha River population of Atlantic sturgeon. Several hundred adults entered the river annually, but only a small portion of these were reproductively ripe. Annual mortality of adults may be higher than expected for an unharvested population. The juvenile population of Atlantic sturgeon exhibited a high turnover rate with high rates of per capita recruitment and low rates of apparent survival. The demographic parameters presented here could be incorporated into population projection models to make assessments of population recovery and predictions of future population trends.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAtlantic sturgeon
dc.subjectpopulation assessment
dc.subjectpopulation dynamics
dc.subjectmark-recapture
dc.titlePopulation dynamics of Atlantic sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorDouglas Peterson
dc.description.committeeDouglas Peterson
dc.description.committeeNathan Nibbelink
dc.description.committeeJames Peterson


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