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dc.contributor.authorMather, Martha E.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorFinn, John T.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Cristina G.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorDeegan, Linda A.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Joseph M.  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-03T15:42:15Z
dc.date.available2013-10-03T15:42:15Z
dc.date.issued2013-09
dc.identifier.citationOceanography 26, no. 3 (2013): 168–179en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/6241
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © The Oceanography Society, 2013. This article is posted here by permission of The Oceanography Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Oceanography 26, no. 3 (2013): 168–179, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2013.60.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe paucity of data on migratory connections and an incomplete understanding of how mobile organisms use geographically separate areas have been obstacles to understanding coastal dynamics. Research on acoustically tagged striped bass (Morone saxatilis) at the Plum Island Ecosystems (PIE) Long Term Ecological Research site, Massachusetts, documents intriguing patterns of biotic connectivity (i.e., long-distance migration between geographically distinct areas). First, the striped bass tagged at PIE migrated southward along the coast using different routes. Second, these tagged fish exhibited strong fidelity and specificity to PIE. For example, across multiple years, tagged striped bass resided in PIE waters for an average of 1.5–2.5 months per year (means: 51–72 days; range 2–122 days), left this estuary in fall, then returned in subsequent years. Third, this specificity and fidelity connected PIE to other locations. The fish exported nutrients and energy to at least three other coastal locations through biomass added as growth. These results demonstrate that what happens in an individual estuary can affect other estuaries. Striped bass that use tightly connected routes to feed in specific estuaries should have greater across-system impacts than fish that are equally likely to go anywhere. Consequently, variations in when, where, and how fish migrate can alter across-estuary impacts.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER program (OCE-0423565, OCE- 1058747, OCE-1238212) and the University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Sciences Graduate Program for support.en_US
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dc.publisherThe Oceanography Societyen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2013.60
dc.titleWhat happens in an estuary doesn't stay there : patterns of biotic connectivity resulting from long term ecological researchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.5670/oceanog.2013.60


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