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Monitoring of sexual maturation in silver eels using ultrasonography

Abstract : Understanding and control of eel maturation has strong interest for scientific and commercial purposes. To progress in this area, possible improvement of sex determination and maturation monitoring using ultrasonography was investigated in silver eels (Anguilla anguilla). Ninety six fish were scanned for sex determination using portable ultrasound equipment. Part of them was then subjected to artificial induction of maturation for monitoring of gonad growth at the individual level, and estimation of ovary mass and then gonadosomatic index (GSI) in females. Estimations of gonad length and cross-sectional areas at different times of maturation were used for calculation of ovary mass. Ultrasonography resulted in 100 % success in sex determination and good estimation of ovary mass (97% correlation with true values). Two methods were compared for estimation of ovary mass: one based on a linear model and another on estimating ovary volume from a representation of gonad shape. The one using linear model seemed to be the most appropriate. Ultrasonography made possible the detection of early inter-individual differences in maturation in female silver eels, and has great potential for use in eel both for conservation and aquaculture.
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Sarah Bureau Du Colombier, Louis Jacobs, Charline Gesset, Pierre Elie, Patrick Lambert. Monitoring of sexual maturation in silver eels using ultrasonography. De la recherche à la gestion des pêches : penser et agir localement et globalement. 144th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Aug 2014, Québec, Canada. pp.1, 2014. ⟨hal-02600967⟩



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