Fisheries Science

, Volume 71, Issue 3, pp 491–498 | Cite as

Directed movements and diel burrow fidelity patterns of red tilefish Branchiostegus japonicus determined using ultrasonic telemetry

  • Hiromichi Mitamura
  • Nobuaki Arai
  • Yasushi Mitsunaga
  • Takashi Yokota
  • Hiroyuki Takeuchi
  • Tatsuo Tsuzaki
  • Masashi Itani
Article

Abstract

Wild red tilefish Branchiostegus japonicus were tracked and/or monitored for up to nearly 3 months in Western Wakasa Bay and Maizuru Bay, Japan, using ultrasonic telemetry to examine their movements and burrow fidelity patterns. In Western Wakasa Bay, it is guessed that fish released in relatively shallow waters, about 30 m deep, actively moved into more suitable deeper habitats after their release. In Maizuru Bay, the fish did not undertake large-scale movements and showed burrow fidelity about 1 month after their release. That is, the fish primarily remained in the burrow, which was constructed in the sea-bottom, during the night and moved outside the burrow during the day. The marked circadian rhythm from Fourier analysis indicated a clear diel movement pattern of the red tilefish.

Key Words

burrow fidelity diel movement red tilefish ultrasonic telemetry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiromichi Mitamura
    • 1
  • Nobuaki Arai
    • 1
  • Yasushi Mitsunaga
    • 2
  • Takashi Yokota
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Takeuchi
    • 3
  • Tatsuo Tsuzaki
    • 3
  • Masashi Itani
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of InformaticsKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of AgricultureKinki UniversityNaraJapan
  3. 3.Miyazu Station, National Center for Stock EnhancementFRAKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Fisheries and OceanographyKyoto Institute of Oceanic and Fishery ScienceKyotoJapan

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