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Title: Evaluation of four surgical implantation techniques for age-0 white sturgeon ( Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1836) with a new acoustic transmitter

Abstract

A new acoustic transmitter (AT; cylindrical, 0.7 g in air, 24.2×5.0 mm, up to 365 d battery life) was developed to monitor age-0 sturgeon; however, an implantation technique is critical to provide guidance for its use in field research. The goal of this study was to evaluate four implantation techniques by assessing transmitter retention, survival, growth, and wound healing variables. White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus; n = 150, 35–116 g, 182–289 mm fork length) were separated into five treatments: 1) unmarked, 2) flank incision with one suture, 3) flank incision without a suture, 4) offline incision with one suture, and 5) offline incision without a suture. Tagged fish were implanted with a non-functioning AT and all fish were held for 28 days. There was 100% transmitter retention and no difference in survival or growth (by 14 d post-implantation) among treatments. Sutured treatments had greater inflammation and presence of ulceration and water mold than non-sutured. Offline incision fish were more susceptible to red vein aggregation than flank incision fish. Non-sutured treatments had greater openness than sutured, but only during the first 14 d post-implantation. The flank incision without a suture technique is recommended.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [3]
  1. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA USA
  2. Idaho Power Company, Boise ID USA
  3. Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg MB Canada
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1439671
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-123234
Journal ID: ISSN 0175-8659; 600301020
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0175-8659
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Liss, S. A., Ashton, N. K., Brown, R. S., Walker, R. W., Bates, P., Klassen, C., and Backhouse, S. Evaluation of four surgical implantation techniques for age-0 white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1836) with a new acoustic transmitter. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1111/jai.13564.
Liss, S. A., Ashton, N. K., Brown, R. S., Walker, R. W., Bates, P., Klassen, C., & Backhouse, S. Evaluation of four surgical implantation techniques for age-0 white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1836) with a new acoustic transmitter. United States. doi:10.1111/jai.13564.
Liss, S. A., Ashton, N. K., Brown, R. S., Walker, R. W., Bates, P., Klassen, C., and Backhouse, S. Mon . "Evaluation of four surgical implantation techniques for age-0 white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1836) with a new acoustic transmitter". United States. doi:10.1111/jai.13564.
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title = {Evaluation of four surgical implantation techniques for age-0 white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson, 1836) with a new acoustic transmitter},
author = {Liss, S. A. and Ashton, N. K. and Brown, R. S. and Walker, R. W. and Bates, P. and Klassen, C. and Backhouse, S.},
abstractNote = {A new acoustic transmitter (AT; cylindrical, 0.7 g in air, 24.2×5.0 mm, up to 365 d battery life) was developed to monitor age-0 sturgeon; however, an implantation technique is critical to provide guidance for its use in field research. The goal of this study was to evaluate four implantation techniques by assessing transmitter retention, survival, growth, and wound healing variables. White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus; n = 150, 35–116 g, 182–289 mm fork length) were separated into five treatments: 1) unmarked, 2) flank incision with one suture, 3) flank incision without a suture, 4) offline incision with one suture, and 5) offline incision without a suture. Tagged fish were implanted with a non-functioning AT and all fish were held for 28 days. There was 100% transmitter retention and no difference in survival or growth (by 14 d post-implantation) among treatments. Sutured treatments had greater inflammation and presence of ulceration and water mold than non-sutured. Offline incision fish were more susceptible to red vein aggregation than flank incision fish. Non-sutured treatments had greater openness than sutured, but only during the first 14 d post-implantation. The flank incision without a suture technique is recommended.},
doi = {10.1111/jai.13564},
journal = {Journal of Applied Ichthyology},
issn = {0175-8659},
number = 2,
volume = 34,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}

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