Theses and Dissertations


Title: Introduced Yellow Perch in Lake Martin and Yates Lake, Alabama: Interactions with Native Fishes

Name: Roberts, Craig

Degree: MS

Chair: DrVries, Dennis and Russell Wright

Resides: FAA Library

University: Auburn

Location: Martin and Yates Lakes

Date: 2012

Pages: 68

Keywords: yellow perch, diet overlap, mortality

Abstract:

Yellow perch has been introduced into Southeastern US drainages outside its native range. In Alabama, established populations now exist in Lake Martin and Yates Lake. Here, I determined how yellow perch might influence resident fishes in these reservoirs. I sampled all life stages of yellow perch and resident fishes with diverse sampling gears, conducted age-and-growth analyses, and quantified diets over two years. Yellow perch were more abundant and older in Yates Lake than in Lake Martin. Co-occurrence was limited between larval yellow perch and native fishes. Diet overlap was also generally low at older life stages. Juvenile yellow perch were consumed by

Micropterus spp. in both lakes during spring, suggesting potential benefits. I suggest minimal negative effects of yellow perch on native fishes due to their generalist diet, early spawning period, and cool water temperature requirements. As prey, yellow perch may have positive influences on some native fishes.

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