Relationship between horizontal hydroacoustic stock estimates and gillnet catches of surface-oriented fish in shallow Lake Balaton (Hungary)

Á I. György, I. Tátrai, A. Specziár

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Abstract

We examined whether gillnetting and hydroacoustics provide comparable relative fish density and fish size distribution estimates in the uppermost water layer of a shallow turbid lake and whether the inclusion of environmental and stock parameters could improve comparability of data between different gears. According to gillnetting, most fish shorter than 14 cm in total length were Alburnus alburnus, and most fish longer than 14 cm were Pelecus cultratus. Size distributions and median sizes obtained from gillnetting and acoustics differed. Pure acoustics-derived density estimates accounted for only <8.8% of the variation in the gillnet catch by number and no correlation was found in biomass indices. Most variances observed in the gillnet catch-per-unit-effort data were associated with water transparency, none of the other investigated variables had significant explanatory power. We conclude that the feasibility of establishing a powerful model describing the relationship between fish density estimates of gillnetting and acoustics is low in shallow and turbid habitats, and it might be successful only if the crucial sampling and environmental parameters affecting catch efficiency of gillnets and post-processing of acoustic data are considered. This study cautions again that gillnetting should be used carefully to analyse trends of fish abundance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06
JournalKnowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems
Issue number405
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Alburnus alburnus
  • comparability of data
  • gillnet
  • shallow lake
  • side-looking hydroacoustics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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