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Data from: Dry season survival of juvenile salmonids in an intermittent coastal stream

Citation

Hwan, Jason L. et al. (2018), Data from: Dry season survival of juvenile salmonids in an intermittent coastal stream, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.56n7v

Abstract

We estimated dry season survival of imperiled salmonids in an intermittent coastal stream in California across four years (2009-2012). Our study encompassed two dry and two wet winters allowing us to explore patterns of survival across and within dry seasons with different antecedent precipitation. Apparent survival of age-0+ steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was higher following wet winters compared to dry winters. Moreover, antecedent precipitation was positively correlated with cumulative survival of age-0+ steelhead. Within years, apparent survival of steelhead varied among weeks with a tendency to decrease in the late summer indicating that fish exhibited some resistance to seasonal drought. Additionally, we found a slight but significant survival advantage for age-0+ coho salmon (O. kisutch) compared to equal-aged steelhead. Our results emphasize the influence of antecedent precipitation in driving the survival of imperiled salmonids and highlight that these fishes are somewhat resistant to seasonal drought, at least to a point.

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Funding

National Science Foundation, Award: DGE-0946797

Location

California