Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Movement of Sole (Solea Solea) in the Bay of Biscay: Coastal Environment and Spawning Migration

  • Constantin Koutsikopoulos (a1), Didier Dorel (a1) and Yves Desaunay (a1)

Extract

During the studies on sole recruitment in the Bay of Biscay, transport process attracted considerable attention and led to important research on migration and dispersal. The last step to complete the study of the spatial component of the life cycle of sole in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay is the offshore migration of young adults towards the spawning grounds. the present study deals with this pre-spawning migration. the main question concerns the kind of linkage between nurseries and spawning grounds. The principal results are based on extensive tagging experiments carried out in autumn 1992 in two distinct nursery grounds, Bay of Vilaine and Pertuis (4620 soles of 2-group and older). One year later (January 1994) catches of tagged individuals reached 18.1% and 11.9% of the initial samples, respectively. From September to February a 50-km net displacement of the centre of the population was observed towards the offshore deeper area. A small trend to move onshore appeared in spring. In parallel with these net movements individuals were dispersed around the centre of gravity of the population. This dispersion was higher in a direction parallel to the coast. Individuals from different nurseries were mixed over the same spawning areas of the Bay of Biscay, and some individuals were also captured in and close to the English Channel. Changes in distribution were in phase with environmental changes and some elements concerning topographic preferences also appeared. Some evidence for orientation was observed but random dispersal seemed more important. No particular link between a given nursery and a spawning ground in the vicinity appeared.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Amara, R., Désaunay, Y. & Lagardère, F., 1994. Seasonal variation in growth of larval sole (Solea solea, L.) and consequences on the success of larval immigration. Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 32, in press.
Arbault, S., Camus, P. & Le Bee, C, 1984. Estimation du stock de sole (Solea vulgaris, Quensel) dans le Golfe de Gascogne à partir de la production d'oeufs. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 4, 145156.
Autem, M. & Kotulas, G., 1987. Hétérogénéité et évolution estivale des pools génétiques de Solea vulgaris en bate de Vilaine et dans les Pertuis Charentais. Rapport IFREMER, Université de Montpellier, 41 pp.
Den Boer, P.J., 1968. Spreading of risk and stabilization of animal numbers. Acta Biotheoretica, 18, 165194.
Deniel, C, 1981. Les poissons plats (Têlêosteens, Pleuronectiformes) en baie de Douarnenez. Thèse de Doctorat d'Etat, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Brest.
Désaunay, Y., Pérodou, J.-B. & Beillois, P., 1981. Etude des nurseries de poissons du littoral de la Loire-Atlantique. Science et Pêche. Bulletin d'Information et de Documentation de I'Institut Scientifique et Techniques des Pêches Maritimes, no. 319, 126.
Dorel, D., Koutsikopoulos, C, Dêsaunay, Y. & Marchand, J., 1991. Seasonal distribution of young sole (Solea solea, (L.)) in the nursery ground of the Bay of Vilaine (northern Bay of Biscay). Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 27, 297306.
Greer, Walker M., Harden, Jones F.R. & Arnold, G.P., 1978. The movements of plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) tracked in the open sea. Journal du Conseil, 38, 5886.
Greer, Walker M., Riley, J.D. & Emmerson, L., 1980. On the movements of sole (Solea solea) and dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula) tracked off the East Anglian coast. Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 14, 6677.
Guillou, A., 1977. Analyse des structures de la pêchefranqaise dans le proche Atlantique de 1961 à 1975 et des incidences du chalutage artisanal dans le Golfe de Gascogne sur les stocks de quelques espèces commerciales (langoustine, merlu, baudroie et sole) en vue de leurgestion rationelle. Thèse d'Université, Université de Nantes, UER Sciences de la Nature.
Hanski, I. & Gilpin, M., 1991. Metapopulation dynamics: brief history and conceptual domain. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London, 42, 316.
Harden, Jones F.R., 1968. Fish migration. London: Edward Arnold.
Horwood, J., 1993. The Bristol Channel sole (Solea solea (L.)): a fisheries case study. Advances in Marine Biology, 29, 215367.
Jones, R., 1959. A method of analysis of some tagged haddock returns. Journal du Conseil, 25, 5872.
Koutsikopoulos, C, Désaunay, Y., Dorel, D. & Marchand, J., 1989. The role of coastal areas in the life history of sole (Solea solea L.) in the Bay of Biscay. Scientia Marina, 53, 567575.
Koutsikopoulos, C, Dorel, D., Désaunay, Y., Le Cann, B., Forest, A., in press. Interaction entre processus physiques et comportement individuel: conséquences sur 1'organisation et le fonctionnement du stock de sole du Golfe de Gascogne. Premier Forum Halieumetrique. Editions ORSTOM. Colloques et Séminaires.
Koutsikopoulos, C, Fortier, L. & Gagné, J.A., 1991. Cross-shelf dispersion of Dover sole eggs and larvae (Solea solea) in Biscay Bay and recruitment to inshore nurseries. Journal of Plankton Research, 13, 923945.
Koutsikopoulos, C. & Lacroix, N., 1992. Distribution and abundance of sole (Solea solea (L.)) eggs and larvae in the Bay of Biscay between 1986 and 1989. Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 29, 8191.
Le Cann, B., 1990. Barotropic tidal dynamics of the Bay of Biscay shelf: observations, numerical modelling and physical interpretation. Continental Shelf Research, 10, 723758.
Le Cann, B., Koutsikopoulos, C, Lacroix, N. & Champalbert, G., 1992. Interactions des processus physiques et biologiques dans la dynamique des stades pélagiques de la sole, Solea solea (L.), sur le plateau continental du Golfe de Gascogne, France. Annales de I'Institut Océanographique, Paris, 68, 107115.
Lockwood, S.J. & Lucassen, W., 1984. The recruitment of juvenile plaice (Pleuronectes platessa, L.) to their parent spawning stock. Journal du Conseil, 41, 268275.
Okubo, A., 1980. Diffusion and ecological problems: mathematical models. Biomathematics, 10, 1254.
Pingree, R.D. & Le Cann, B., 1989. Celtic and Armorican slope and shelf residual currents. Progress in Oceanography, 23, 303338.
Rijnsdorp, A.D., Beek, F.A. Van, Flatman, S., Milkier, R.M., Riley, J.D., Giret, M. & Clerck, R. De, 1992. Recruitment of sole stocks, Solea solea (L.), in the northeast Atlantic. Netherlands Journal of Sea Research, 29, 173192.
Salomon, J.C. & Lazure, P., 1988. Étude par modèles mathematiques de quelques aspects de la circulation marine entre Quiberon et Noirmoutier. Rapport IFREMER-DERO-88–26-EL, Brest, 104 pp.
Skellam, J.G., 1951. Random dispersal in theoretical populations. Biometrika, 38, 196218.
Stenseth, N.C. & Lidicker, W.Z. Jr, 1992. The study of dispersal: a conceptual guide. In Animal dispersal, small mammals as a model (ed. N.C., Stenseth and W.Z., Lidicker Jr), pp. 520. London: Chapman & Hall.
Veen, J.F. De, 1967. On the phenomenon of soles (Solea solea L.) swimming at the surface. Journal du Conseil, 31, 207236.
Veen, J.F. De, 1970. On the orientation of the plaice (Pleuronectes platessa, L.). I. Evidence for orientating factors derived form the ICES transplantation experiments in the years 1904–1909. Journal du Conseil, 33, 192227.
Woodhead, P.M.J., 1964. Changes in the behaviour of the sole Solea vulgaris, during cold winters and the relation between winter catch and sea temperatures. Helgolander Wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen, 10, 328340.

Related content

Powered by UNSILO

Movement of Sole (Solea Solea) in the Bay of Biscay: Coastal Environment and Spawning Migration

  • Constantin Koutsikopoulos (a1), Didier Dorel (a1) and Yves Desaunay (a1)

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.