Description du projet
The recent increase in the striped bass population in the southern Gulf has raised many questions regarding the potential existence of spawning grounds in our Gaspé waters. In order to better understand these new visitors, this study aimed to determine whether there is the presence of juvenile striped bass along the southern Gaspé coast and to characterize their habitat. The project increased our capacity to acquire scientific data on coastal aquatic fauna and striped bass habitat via inventories along the southern coast by dedicated field teams from Gespeg and Gesgapegiag. Ultimately, the completion of this project served to improve our understanding of the use of the Gaspé coastline by striped bass in the southern Gulf, in addition to acquiring data that could help assess possible interactions between the striped bass population and native salmonids in the Gaspé. Although no spawning site was identified, this study made it possible to characterize the presence of striped bass in different places as well as the presence and relative abundance of other species at risk. This is a step towards the recovery of the striped bass population of the southern Gulf and the protection of its habitat.
Informations sur la publication
Characterization of the habitat and presence of juvenile Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) along the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula
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