Article

Evidence from data storage tags for the presence of lunar and semi-lunar behavioral cycles in spawning Atlantic cod

Citation

Grabowski TB, McAdam BJ, Thorsteinsson V & Marteinsdottir G (2015) Evidence from data storage tags for the presence of lunar and semi-lunar behavioral cycles in spawning Atlantic cod. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 98 (7), pp. 1767-1776. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-015-0396-2

Abstract
Understanding the environmental processes determining the timing and success of reproduction is of critical importance to developing effective management strategies of marine fishes. Unfortunately it has proven difficult to comprehensively study the reproductive behavior of broadcast-spawning fishes. The use of electronic data storage tags (DSTs) has the potential to provide insights into the behavior of fishes. These tags allow for data collection over relatively large spatial and temporal scales that can be correlated to predicted environmental conditions and ultimately be used to refine predictions of year class strength. In this paper we present data retrieved from DSTs demonstrating that events putatively identified as Atlantic cod spawning behavior is tied to a lunar cycle with a pronounced semi-lunar cycle within it. Peak activity occurs around the full and new moon with no evidence of relationship with day/night cycles.

Keywords
Lunar cycle; Data storage tags; Reproductive ecology; Diurnal solar cycle; Gadus morhu

Journal
Environmental Biology of Fishes: Volume 98, Issue 7

StatusPublished
Publication date31/07/2015
Publication date online20/02/2015
Date accepted by journal11/02/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/22081
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0378-1909