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dc.contributor.authorStreich, Matthew Karl
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:37:34Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:37:34Z
dc.date.issued2012-08
dc.identifier.otherstreich_matthew_k_201208_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/streich_matthew_k_201208_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28429
dc.description.abstractThe degree to which tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) utilize estuaries is unknown. The objective of my study was to describe the estuarine residence and movements of tripletail within the Ossabaw Sound Estuary (OSE) in Georgia. In summer of 2010 and 2011, adult tripletail were surgically implanted with ultrasonic transmitters. Residence and movements were monitored using a stationary array of acoustic receivers and active telemetry. Nearly continuous estuarine residence was observed between March and November at sustained water temperatures above 21°C. Movements occurred with the tidal currents. Likely, this passive transport requires reduced energy demands normally associated with active swimming and osmoregulation and may be partially responsible for the species’ rapid growth rate. My study demonstrates that estuarine habitat use is an important component of tripletail life history; however, the seasonal occurrence observed reflects the migratory nature of tripletail. Future studies are needed to better understand the species potentially complex stock structure.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectTripletail
dc.subjectLobotes surinamensis
dc.subjectacoustic telemetry
dc.subjectestuary
dc.subjectresidence
dc.subjectOssabaw Sound
dc.subjectstock structure
dc.titleEstuarine residence, habitat use, and movements of tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) in the Ossabaw Sound Estuary, Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorDouglas L. Peterson
dc.description.committeeDouglas L. Peterson
dc.description.committeeCecil A. Jennings
dc.description.committeeSteven B. Castleberry


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