Assessing impacts of multiple parasites on Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) across age classes, rivers and salinity in Chesapeake Bay.

dc.contributor.authorBrunelle, Hannah
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-20T19:39:34Z
dc.date.available2023-06-20T19:39:34Z
dc.date.issued2023-05-15
dc.description.abstractStriped Bass (Morone saxatilis) are ecologically and economically important anadromous species that live along the East Coast of the United States between Canada and Florida. Most of the fish are born in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, which is where the samples for this study were collected, including fish from the age classes: Young-Of-Year (YOY) (<1year) (n=486), juveniles(n=68) and adults(n=20). In this study, I examined the potential linkage between the health of the Striped Bass with the intensity and richness of various parasite taxa, such as acanthocephalans, nematodes, trematodes (digenea and monogenea), copepods (argulidae, caligidae and ergasilidae) and isopods. I also examined variation in parasite intensity and richness across age classes, tributaries and salinity. The Fulton’s Condition Factor (K) was used as the metric of health. Pearson’s correlation test was used to determine if there was a statistically significant difference among each variable examined and the Fulton’s Condition Factor (K). None of the results were statistically significant (p > 0.05), indicating fish with and without parasites present are in similar conditions. However, there were more Striped Bass infected with parasites (n=419, 73%) compared to those without (n=155, 27%), and many of these infected fish were YOY (n=331, 79%). Second, there was a difference between the Striped Bass collected across nine tributaries. The furthest North tributaries (Upper Bay, Rhode and Choptank) had fish with the highest parasite intensity and richness (> 100 individuals per sample). Third, there was a difference between Striped Bass collected from the various salinity ranges (0.00-12.99 ppt). The higher salinity levels (7.00-12.99 ppt) had more fish infected with high parasite intensity but less parasite variability compared to the lower salinity levels (0.00-6.99 ppt). Overall, there may be a difference in the health condition of the Striped Bass compared to non parasitized fish, but more samples across all age classes need to be collected.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNOAA Chesapeake Bay Officeen_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsAcknowledgements -- Abstract -- Introduction -- Background on Striped Bass(Morone saxatilis) -- Review of each parasite taxa-Impact of Marine Parasites -- Phylum:Acanthocephala -- Phylum:Nematoda -- (Subclass:Digenea) -- (Class:Monogenea) -- (Family:Argulidae) -- (Family:Caligidae) -- (Family:Ergasilidae) -- (Order:Isopoda) -- Objectives for Present Study -- Methods -- Study Area -- Data Collection -- Fulton’s Condition Factor -- Organizing Raw Data in EXCEL -- R -- Results -- Parasite Intensity across Striped Bass from the Chesapeake Bay Parasite Richness across Striped Bass from the Chesapeake Bay -- Parasite Intensity and Richness across Ontogeny of Striped Bass -- Parasite Intensity and Richness in Striped Bass across Tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay -- Parasite Intensity and Richness in Striped Bass across Salinity Ranges -- Parasite Intensity and Richness in YOY Striped Bass across Salinity Ranges -- Discussion -- Discussion of Parasite Intensity and Health Condition of the Striped Bass -- Discussion of Parasite Richness and Health Condition of the Striped Bass -- Discussion of Parasite Intensity and Richness across Ontogeny of Striped Bass -- Discussion of Parasite Intensity and Richness of Striped Bass across Tributaries -- Discussion of Parasite Intensity and Richness of Striped Bass across Salinity Ranges -- Discussion of Parasite Intensity and Richness of YOY Striped Bass across Salinity Ranges -- Reference List
dc.identifier.citationBrunelle, Hannah. (2023, May 15). Assessing impacts of multiple parasites on striped bass (Morone saxatilis) across age classes, rivers and salinity in Chesapeake Bay. Retrieved from:
dc.identifier.urihttps://digitalrepository.wheatoncollege.edu/handle/11040/34952
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWheaton College. (Norton, Mass.)
dc.rightsCC0 1.0 Universal*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/*
dc.subjectUndergraduate research.
dc.subjectUndergraduate thesis.
dc.subject.lcshStriped bass.
dc.subject.lcshFishes—Parasites.
dc.subject.lcshChesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.).
dc.titleAssessing impacts of multiple parasites on Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) across age classes, rivers and salinity in Chesapeake Bay.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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