Incubation success of brown trout (Salmo trutta) eggs in boreal humic rivers affected by peatland drainage
Laine, Anne; Heikkinen, Kaisa; Sutela, Tapio
published: Jan 11, 2001
ArtNo. ESP141015002006, Price: 29.00 €
Effects of peatland drainage on the incubation success of brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) eggs placed inside gravel-filled boxes were studied in two boreal humic rivers in northern Finland. The survival was 53-84 % at the eyed egg stage and as low as 0.2-9.l % at the pre-emergence stage, depending on the site. The lowest survivals were recorded at sites affected by peatland drainage. The survival was inversely related to particulate matter and Fe loading from drained peatlands. The results indicate that the increase in the Fe content of high molecular weight dissolved organic matter transported to rivers followed by its precipitation and sedimentation on the river bed may be a crucial factor in weakening the conditions for salmonid reproduction downstream of peatland drainage areas.