River flow and temperature limit trout numbers

September 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Over a 23-year study, Javier Lobn-Cervi has found the mechanism that controls the number of salmonids found each year in Cantabrian rivers. His method has been to monitor population numbers in relation to river flow in March, when the juvenile fish emerge. He concludes that environmental conditions change each year and modify river flow, positively or negatively affecting survival rates. This information throws light on a long debate within ecological theory about the mechanisms that regulate the size of animal populations……..
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