Short Communication

Fish recruitment into a South African temporarily open/closed temperate estuary during three different hydrological mouth phases

Published in: African Journal of Marine Science
Volume 39, issue 2, 2017, pages: 203–209
DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2017.1329168
Author(s): GP TweddleDepartment of Zoology, South Africa, PW FronemanDepartment of Zoology and Entomology, South Africa

Abstract

Quantitative recruitment of ichthyofauna into a South African temporarily open/closed estuary (TOCE) was investigated during three distinct hydrological phases: closed overwash, open outflow and tidal mouth conditions. Maximum recruitment densities occurred during outflow conditions and declined when the system became tidally inundated. Recruitment densities were lowest during overwash events. Selective diel variation was evident, with higher night-time densities for each phase. This study highlights the importance of seasonal timing and duration of open conditions and overwash events for structuring ichthyofaunal community composition of southern African TOCEs.

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