Habitat selection of juvenile sole ( Solea solea L.): Consequences for shoreface nourishment

Marjolein H.M. Post*, Ewout Blom, Chun Chen, Loes J. Bolle, Martin J. Baptist

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Abstract

The shallow coastal zone is an essential nursery habitat for juvenile flatfish species such as sole (Solea solea L.). The increased frequency of shoreface nourishments along the coast is likely to affect this nursery function by altering important habitat conditions, including sediment grain size. Sediment preference of juvenile sole (41–91 mm) was studied in a circular preference chamber in order to understand the relationship between grain size and sole distribution. The preference tests were carried out at 11 °C and 20 °C to reflect seasonal influences. The juveniles showed a significant preference for finer sediments. This preference was not length dependent (within the length range tested) nor affected by either temperatures. Juvenile sole have a small home range and are not expected to move in response to unfavourable conditions. As a result, habitat alterations may have consequences for juvenile survival and subsequently for recruitment to adult populations. It is therefore important to carefully consider nourishment grain size characteristics to safeguard suitable nursery habitats for juvenile sole
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
JournalJournal of Sea Research
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Juvenile sole
  • Nursery area
  • Sediment preference
  • Shoreface nourishment

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