Long-term changes in littoral fish community structure and resilience of total catch to re-oligotrophication in a large, peri-alpine European lake

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Sabel M., Eckmann R., Jeppesen E., Roesch R., Straile D.

FRESHWATER BIOLOGY, vol.65, no.8, pp.1325-1336, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/fwb.13501
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Environment Index, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1325-1336
  • Keywords: compensatory dynamics, juvenile fish, Lake Constance, response diversity, synchrony, SPECIES RICHNESS, COMPENSATORY DYNAMICS, RESPONSE DIVERSITY, SEASONAL-CHANGES, ABUNDANCE, ZONE, CONSTANCE, HABITAT, BIOMASS, ECOSYSTEMS


The littoral zone of lakes is used as spawning, shelter, or feeding habitat for many fish species and hence is of key importance for overall lake functioning. Despite this, hardly any studies exist examining the long-term dynamics and response of the littoral fish community, composed mostly of juvenile fish, to environmental change. Here, we study the response of total catch per unit effort (CPUE) and individual species CPUE of such a community to 17 years of oligotrophication and examine whether the species responses can be characterised as synchronous or asynchronous.