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6 September 2021 Lifting the Vendace, Coregonus albula, on the Life Table: Survival, Growth and Reproduction in Different Life-Stages during Very High and Low Abundance Regimes
Timo J. Marjomäki, Pentti Valkeajärvi, Juha Karjalainen
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We analyzed the variability in vendace population parameters in the context of a life table. Parameters related to growth, fecundity and survival were estimated for post-recruitment (age > 1 growing season) life stages of Lake Southern Konnevesi vendace in both very high and low population abundance regimes. Pre-recruitment survival producing population stability was then determined. We found a very strong compensatory density dependence in growth, fecundity and survival: during low abundance, a lifetime reproductive output of a female was almost 20 times that of the abundant regime. To maintain the low abundance regime, pre-recruitment survival must counterbalance it by decreasing to a very low level. Potential drivers of high variability in pre-recruit survival and potential for depensation, Allee effect, are discussed, as well as the implications of the results on fisheries management and risk of extinction due to anthropogenic stressors such as global warming or extensive predator stocking.

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Timo J. Marjomäki, Pentti Valkeajärvi, and Juha Karjalainen "Lifting the Vendace, Coregonus albula, on the Life Table: Survival, Growth and Reproduction in Different Life-Stages during Very High and Low Abundance Regimes," Annales Zoologici Fennici 58(4-6), 177-189, (6 September 2021). https://doi.org/10.5735/086.058.0406
Received: 7 September 2020; Accepted: 6 May 2021; Published: 6 September 2021
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