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See detailFish responses to artificial flow and water temperature variability in a large river (Rhône, France)
Capra, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Pella, Hervé et al

in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2012, September)

Understanding fine scale behavioural responses of fish to changes in abiotic characteristics of habitat, such as flow variability, is an interesting innovative issue to improve river management in highly ... [more ▼]

Understanding fine scale behavioural responses of fish to changes in abiotic characteristics of habitat, such as flow variability, is an interesting innovative issue to improve river management in highly disturbed aquatic environments. For example, in the Rhône River (France), important hydrology and thermal contrasts are mainly explicated by the succession of dams and nuclear power plants. The main aim of our study was to describe fish behaviour in term of movements and habitat use as responses to habitat variability due to the production of peaking electricity and temperature heterogeneity (natural or due to a nuclear power plant release). Fixed telemetry system (accuracy of few square meters; Hydroacoustic Technology Inc.) enabled to define individual fish behavior during different short habitat variability configuration (flow increase, flow decrease, temperature increase....). We then recorded at a local scale continuous movements of n=61 fish during short term (lower than day) habitat variability. The study was conducted in a 2 km long river stretch, from July to September 2009. Abiotic conditions (temperature, depth, velocity or substrate) were simulated (with an accuracy comparable with fish positioning accuracy) every where at any time (i.e. for any discharge) using a hydraulic 2D model calibrated and validated for the whole discharge range observed during the experiment. Three main species were represented : two native cyprinids, chub (Squalius cephalus) and barbel (Barbus barbus), and an invasive species, wels catfish (Silurus glanis). Fish mobility and habitat use were studied to describe changes in behavior associated with changes of abiotic conditions. The separate effects of each environmental factors (discharge, temperature, photoperiod) and their interactions on fish behavioral responses were studied. Finally, variability of fish habitat preferences were estimated to refine understanding of observed behaviors. The different results highlighted the advantages and limitations of the telemetry acoustic system in a large river to address fish displacement in response to discharge and temperature variability. They also emphasized the necessity of a 2D hydrodynamic model to understand fish behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation hydrodynamique et télémétrie : vers de nouvelles connaissances pour l'écologie des poissons du Rhône
Capra, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; McNeil, Eric et al

in IS Rivers Extended Abstract book (2012, June)

The article presented herein aims to demonstrate how a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model representing abiotic conditions can be used to study the behaviour of fish affected by large fluctuations of ... [more ▼]

The article presented herein aims to demonstrate how a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model representing abiotic conditions can be used to study the behaviour of fish affected by large fluctuations of environmental conditions in the Rhône River. This represents a major advancement in the understanding of aquatic community structures and in particular, for the structure of fish communities that are rarely used in France. For the first time, the environmental conditions affecting fish and their spatial localization will be simultaneously known. The model can also simulate habitat conditions and water temperatures over longer time frame. For example, this methodology is compatible with the monitoring of fish communities of the Rhône River, which was initiated in 1979. The interest in modeling precise habitat and temperature conditions with hydrodynamic models for a large array of flows allows one to consider the role that these two key environmental factors play on fish behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Fixed and Mobile Acoustic Telemetry Systems to Understand Fish Responses to Habitat Variability in a Large River (Rhône, France)
Capra, Hervé; Pella, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg et al

Conference (2011, September)

The presentation would summarize the advantages and limitations of both fixed and mobile acoustic telemetry equipment deployed in a fast flowing large river : the Rhône river (France). The objectives were ... [more ▼]

The presentation would summarize the advantages and limitations of both fixed and mobile acoustic telemetry equipment deployed in a fast flowing large river : the Rhône river (France). The objectives were to describe fish behavior in term of fish movements as responses to habitat variability due to the production of peaking electricity and temperature heterogeneity (natural or due to a nuclear power plant release). At a local scale we used a fixed automatic acoustic telemetry system to record continuous movements of n=62 fish during short term (lower than day) habitat variability. The study was conducted in a 2 km long river stretch, from July to September 2009. In a 35 km long study site, we used a mobile acoustic telemetry system to record weekly position of n=108 fish over different seasons and different habitat conditions (low or high flows; low or high temperature...), from March to December 2010. Discharge and abiotic conditions (temperature, depth, velocity or substrate) were known (with an accuracy comparable with fish positioning accuracy) every where at any time (i.e. any discharge) using hydraulic 2D model calibrated and validated for the whole discharge range observed during telemetry studies. Fixed telemetry system (accuracy of few square meters) enabled to define individual habitat use during different short habitat variability configuration (flow increase, flow decrease, temperature increase....). Three main species were represented : two native cyprinids, chub (Leuciscus cephalus) and barbel (Barbus barbus), and an invasive species, wels catfish (Silurus glanis). We analyzed habitat used, habitat preference, fish movement patterns versus habitat variability. Mobile telemetry system (accuracy of few hundred square meters) enabled to evaluate space and time utilisation of fish (mainly the same species than for fixed telemetry study) at a larger scale and during different seasons encompassing the reproduction period, the summer or the winter periods. The different results obtained by both telemetry systems will be presented to illustrate the advantages and limitations of those systems in a large river to address fish displacement in response to discharge and temperature variability. This comparison also emphasized the contribution of a 2D hydrodynamic model to understand fish behaviour. [less ▲]

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