Reproductive Characteristics of Brown Trout (Salmo trutta fario L.) Reared in North-Eastern Turkey

Sahin T., Akbulut B., Cakmak E., Cavdar Y.

ISRAELI JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE-BAMIDGEH, vol.62, no.3, pp.195-201, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.195-201
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Spawning time, fecundity, fertilization rate, and egg size of brown trout (Salmo trutta fario) reared in north-eastern Turkey were investigated. Seventeen females were stripped into separate bowls and eggs were fertilized by milt from at least two males. Spawning lasted from mid-November to early January. The mean brood size was 989.4 +/- 620.53 g and mean total and relative fecundities were 2029 +/- 2051 eggs/individual and 2259 +/- 947 eggs/kg body weight, respectively. Mean egg diameters and weights were 5.3 +/- 0.40 mm and 93.9 +/- 19.37 mg. The mean fertilization and hatching rates were 95.4 +/- 4.60% and 83.3 +/- 11.79% of the total number of eggs. Correlations were positive between body weight and total (r(2) = 0.8665, p<0.001) and relative (r(2) = 0.1632, p>0.10) fecundity, and negative between egg diameter and body weight (r(2) = -0.002, p>0.10) and total fecundity (r(2) = -0.0865, p>0.05). Our findings suggest that reproductive parameters of brown trout under culture conditions in north-eastern Turkey are similar to those of other salmonid species.