Fisheries Science

, Volume 83, Issue 2, pp 235–244 | Cite as

Spatial movement of black sea bream Acanthopagrus schlegelii around the oyster farming area in Hiroshima Bay, Japan

  • Atsushi Tsuyuki
  • Tetsuya UminoEmail author
Original Article Biology


In order to obtain information for preventing oyster spats predation, we investigated the horizontal and vertical movement patterns of black sea bream Acanthopagrus schlegelii inhabiting an oyster farming area in Hiroshima Bay by active tracking. Seven adult fish equipped with depth transmitters were tracked for 65 days around the oyster farming area. Six of the seven fish were found in the oyster rafts for a cumulative duration of 55 days. The daily movement distance and minimum convex polygon home range of these fish were 0.13–0.78 km/day and 0.11–1.14 km2, respectively. The swimming depth of these fish were mainly between 1 and 15 m, which coincided with the depths of the submerged oyster wires. Our observations suggest that black sea bream inhabiting the oyster farming area in Hiroshima Bay are highly dependent on the spatial arrangement of the oyster rafts.


Acanthopagrus schlegelii Acoustic telemetry Movement pattern Oyster farm 



We thank Mitaka Fisheries Cooperative Association for the permission of carrying out the experiment on their oyster farming area, especially Mr. Kenji Nomura and Mr. Tetsuo Nomura. We wish to thank Dr. Shinichi Watanabe from Fukuyama University for technical support of the acoustic telemetry. We also greatly appreciate the help of Mr. Harunobu Maruyama for transporting us to the study site. The authors gratefully acknowledge the criticism of two anonymous reviewers who greatly improved the manuscript. This research was supported partly by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (no. 16K14974 for T.U.) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology of Japan. Financial support was provided by the Hiroshima University Education and Research Support Foundation to A.T.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Biosphere ScienceHiroshima UniversityHigashi-HiroshimaJapan

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