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Influences of human activity and climate on the stock-recruitment dynamics of whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) in Lake Geneva

Abstract : P>Analysis of long-term catches from the deep peri-alpine Lake Geneva, showed a shift in the stock-recruitment relationship of Coregonus lavaretus (L.), a target species of commercial fishing. This change was mainly related to large-scale meteorological factors. Higher spring water temperatures may have improved larval survival and hence recruitment of whitefish via: (1) a better match between the hatching date of whitefish larvae and development of their zooplankton prey; and (2) the positive temperature effect on larval growth. In Lake Geneva, changes in regulatory mechanisms coupled with stocking and improved water-quality have led to an explosion in the C. lavaretus population in recent years. These results highlight the relevance of long-term changes in the stock-recruitment relationship for management of aquatic ecosystems that are sensitive to climate forcing.
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Orlane Anneville, Sami Souissi, Juan Carlos Molinero, Daniel Gerdeaux. Influences of human activity and climate on the stock-recruitment dynamics of whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) in Lake Geneva. Fisheries Management and Ecology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 6 (6), pp.492-500. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-2400.2009.00703.x⟩. ⟨hal-02666520⟩

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