Movement and recruitment of flannelmouth suckers in the Paria and Colorado rivers, Arizona
KeywordsAgriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSonic-tagged flannelmouth suckers made long distance and local movements; 12.5% of fish moved ≥ 98 km downstream and 40% stayed within Glen Canyon. Motivation for long distance movements could be spawning or food related. A controlled flood of 1,274 m³/sec did not displace flannelmouth suckers downstream or interrupt spawning. The majority (62%) of fish moved into the impounded mouth of the Paria River. Spawning occurred as evidenced by capture of adults over spawning areas and collection of young-of-year (YOY) in spring and summer. From May-September 1996, YOY flannel mouth suckers were captured in the impounded mouth of the Paria River. Successful rearing of YOY fish was attributed to the presence of a warm, slackwater area in the mouth. Formation of this area is dependent upon antecedent Colorado and Paria river flows and their effect on sediment deposition in the mouth of the Paria River.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources
Wildlife and Fisheries Science