Influence of Winter Conditions on the Age, Hatch Dates, and Growth of Juvenile Atlantic Menhaden in the Choptank River, Maryland

May 11, 2020

The effects of winter thermal conditions on the growth rate of larval and juvenile Atlantic Menhaden.

Since 1993, the Atlantic Menhaden Brevoortia tyrannus has experienced sustained low juvenile production (recruitment) in the Chesapeake Bay. We hypothesized that factors affecting wintertime larval growth in Atlantic Ocean shelf habitats carry over to juvenile growth and survival within the Chesapeake Bay. The effects of winter thermal conditions on the hatch dates and growth of larval and juvenile Atlantic Menhaden were examined using otolith increment analyses.


Alexander N. Atkinson, David H. Secor. 2017. Influence of Winter Conditions on the Age, Hatch Dates, and Growth of Juvenile Atlantic Menhaden in the Choptank River, Maryland. Published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Volume 146:6, pages 1126–1136. https://doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2017.1348985.

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