Fisheries Science

, Volume 85, Issue 5, pp 779–790 | Cite as

Movement behaviour of released wild and farm-raised dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus tracked by pop-up satellite archival tags

  • Shian-Jhong Lin
  • Michael K. Musyl
  • Sheng-Ping Wang
  • Nan-Jay Su
  • Wei-Chuan ChiangEmail author
  • Ching-Ping Lu
  • Kazuki Tone
  • Chang-Ying Wu
  • Akira Sasaki
  • Itsumi Nakamura
  • Kazuyoshi Komeyama
  • Ryo Kawabe
Original Article Biology


To gauge the effectiveness of supplementing native populations of dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus, we compared farm-raised and wild fish in terms of their horizontal and vertical movement patterns, habitat preferences and thermal niche using pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) deployed in two disparate locations: the sub-tropical southeastern coast of Taiwan (wild, n = 4), and temperate Kagoshima Bay, Japan (farm-raised, n = 3). Tagged fish were tracked for periods of 7–40 days, reached depths > 100 m, and experienced temperatures of 15–30 °C in Taiwan, and 20–23 °C in Kagoshima Bay. Fish tagged in Taiwan made primarily northward movements during early summer but changed to a southward course in early winter. In Kagoshima Bay, tagged fish undertook southward excursions along the coast and movements were confined to the bay. Dolphinfish spent > 50% of their time near the surface and made more extensive vertical movements during the night than during the day; vertical movements were largely confined to the mixed layer. Depth distributions appeared to be limited by a Δ6 °C change in temperature relative to sea surface temperature (i.e., > 90% of movements were within 6 °C of the warmest water available).


Diel Habitat Kalman filter Most probable tracks Thermal niche 



We thank Captain T. L. Lee of the Chang-Ue no. 1 longline fishing vessel for his skill in catching dolphinfish. In addition, we thank the following for field assistance: G. L. He, F. Y. Tsai, C. H. Chang, H. H. Hsu, C. T. Chang, Y. S. Ho and Kagoshima City Aquarium M. Nishino. This study was partially financially supported by the Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Taiwan [grant nos. 104AS-11.2.1-A1(2), 105AS-11.2.2-A1, 106AS-10.2.2-A1(5)] and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI [grant no. 16H05795 (R. K.)].

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shian-Jhong Lin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael K. Musyl
    • 3
  • Sheng-Ping Wang
    • 1
  • Nan-Jay Su
    • 1
  • Wei-Chuan Chiang
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ching-Ping Lu
    • 1
  • Kazuki Tone
    • 4
  • Chang-Ying Wu
    • 1
  • Akira Sasaki
    • 5
  • Itsumi Nakamura
    • 4
  • Kazuyoshi Komeyama
    • 6
  • Ryo Kawabe
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Biology and Fishery ScienceNational Taiwan Ocean UniversityKeelungTaiwan, Republic of China
  2. 2.Eastern Marine Biology Research CenterFisheries Research InstituteChenggongTaiwan, Republic of China
  3. 3.Pelagic Research GroupHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental ScienceNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  5. 5.Kagoshima City AquariumKagoshimaJapan
  6. 6.Division of Marine Bioresource and Environmental Science, Fisheries EngineeringHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  7. 7.Institute for East China Sea Research, Organization for Marine Science and TechnologyNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan

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