Sprinting salmon less likely to survive migration

Migrating salmon that sprint through water rapids could be at a higher risk of dying.

University of British Columbia scientists found fish that choose to burst swim — move upstream through fast-moving water — for long periods were more likely to die on the way to their spawning grounds than slower-swimming fish.

Previous research has shown burst swimming — similar to human sprinting — required more oxygen and energy, and could lead to a heart attack.

The researchers tagged sockeye salmon with transmitters that tracked how fast the fish swam and how much oxygen they consumed as they navigated through a fishway and two lakes.

The study, which was published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, demonstrated how important it was for salmon to have easy access around river obstacles.

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