|Diet and growth of stocked and wild 0+ pikeperch, Stizostedion lucioperca (L.)|
Sutela, T.; Hyvärinen, P. (2002). Diet and growth of stocked and wild 0+ pikeperch, Stizostedion lucioperca (L.). Fish. Manage. Ecol. 9: 57-63
In: Fisheries Management and Ecology. Blackwel Science Ltd.: Oxford. ISSN 0969-997X, more
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Wild and stocked 0+ pikeperch, Stizostedion lucioperca (L.), were sampled with a purse seine from Lake OulujaÈrvi, situated at the northern edge of the distribution range of the species. The stocked fry started immediate feeding on 0+ smelt, Osmerus eperlanus (L.) after their introduction into the lake in early August at about 50 mm length, whereas the smaller wild pikeperch fry continued to feed on zooplankton. Individual wet weight of the stocked pikeperch was about six-fold compared with the wild pikeperch throughout August. The length of the ingested smelt was as on average 50%, and maximum 66%, of the pikeperch length. Wild 0+ pikeperch were too small to forage on 0+ smelt. Predation by older conspecifics on 0+ pikeperch was observed.