Fisheries Research in the Hudson River

Edited by C. Lavett Smith

Paperback : 9780887064562, 407 pages, December 1987
Hardcover : 9780887064555, 407 pages, January 1988

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Table of contents

List of Abbreviations

List of Tables

List of Figures


C. Lavett Smith

Part I Data Sets

1 Fisheries Data Sets Compiled by Utility-Sponsored Research in the Hudson River Estuary

Ronald J. Klauda, Paul H. Muessig and John A Matousek

Part II Striped Bass and White Perch

2 Commercial Fishery for Striped Bass in the Hudson River, 1931-80

James B. McLaren, Ronald J. Klauda, Thomas B. Hoff, and Marcia Gardinier

3. Age-Specific Variation in Reproductive Effort in Female Hudson River Striped Bass

John R Young and Thomas B. Hoff

4. Feeding Selectivity of Larval Striped Bass and White Perch in the Peekskill Region of the Hudson River

Douglas A Hjorth

5 Patterns of Movement of Striped Bass and White Perch Larvae in the Hudson River Estuary

Thomas L Englert and David Sugarman

Part III Sturgeons

6 Contribution to the Biology of Shortnose Sturgeon in the Hudson River Estuary

Thomas B. Hoff, Ronald J. Klauda, and John R Young

Part IV River Herrings

7 Distributions and Movements of the Early Life Stages of Three Species of Alosa in the Hudson River, with

Comments on Mechanisms to Reduce Interspecific Competition

Robert E. Schmidt, Ronald J. Klauda, and John M. Bartels

Part V Tomcod

8 Life History of Atlantic Tomcod, Microgadus tomcod, in the Hudson River Estuary, with Emphasis on Spatio-Temporal Distribution and Movements

Ronald J. Klauda, Richard E. Moos, and Robert E. Schmidt

Part VI Food Chains

9 Food Habits of the Amphipod Gammarus tigrinus in the Hudson River and the Effects of Diet Upon Its Growth and Reproduction

Gerald V. Poje, Stacey A. Riordan, and Joseph M. O'Connor

Part VII Pollution

10 Heavy Metals in Finfish and Selected Macroinvertebrates of the Lower Hudson River Estuary

Stephen J. Koepp, Edward D. Santoro, and Gerard DiNardo

11 Recent Dissolved Oxygen Trends in the Hudson River

Jeffrey A. Leslie, Karim A. Abood, Edward A. Maikish, and Pamela J. Keeser

12 PCB Patterns in Hudson River Fish: I. Resident Freshwater Species

R. W. Armstrong and R. J. Sloan

13 PCB Patterns in Hudson River Fish: II. Migrant and Marine Species

R. J. Sloan and R. W. Armstrong

Part VIII Management

14 Management Recommendations for a Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon Fishery Based On an Age-Structured Population Model

John R. Young, Thomas B. Hoff, William P. Dey, and James G. Hoff

Literature Cited

List of Contributors



This book addresses specific water quality and pollution problems and documents the changes that occurred during the critical transition period when PCB dumping was discontinued and water treatment plants came into increased use. It will appeal to fishery biologists working with Atlantic coast species, people involved with estuaries worldwide, and to all environmentalists interested in the history of the landmark Hudson River Settlement Agreement.

The signing of the Hudson River Settlement Agreement ended more than a dozen years of controversial court battles over the placement of electric generating plants on the Hudson River estuary. Much of this agreement was based on original field research, the most compelling of which is found in this book. Fisheries Research in the Hudson River includes a summary of existing fisheries data bases, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses and a guide to their availability, as well as discussions of the natural history of striped bass, white perch, river herrings, tomcod, sturgeon, and a very important food source, the amphipod gammarus tigrinus. It also proposes a management plan for sturgeon, a plan based on an age-structured population model that demonstrates the practical application of basic scientific data.

Dr. C. Lavett Smith is Curator for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.


"Fisheries Research in the Hudson River provides an important base for future studies of the Hudson River and of other rivers in the U. S." — David Conover, Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook