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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 6563
Title: Effects of various concentrations of dissolved atmospheric gas on juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead trout
Author: Earl M. Dawley, Wesley J. Ebel
Publication Year: 1975
Journal: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 73(4)
Pages: 787-796

Bioassays in shallow tanks (25 cm deep) with dissolved nitrogen and argon gas concentrations ranging from 100 to 125% of saturation in water at 15°C were conducted to determine lethal and sublethal effects on juvenile chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tschawytscha and steelhead trout Salmo gairdneri.  Significant mortality of both species commenced at 115% saturation of nitrogen and argon (111% saturation of total dissolved atmospheric gas pressure).  Over 50% mortality of both steelhead and chinook occurred in less than 1.5 d in water at 120 and 125% of saturation.  Significant differences in swimming performance, growth, and blood chemistry were measured in groups of fish tested at sublethal exposures in various concentrations of dissolved gases.  Sublethal stress for 35 d at 110% dissolved nitrogen (106% total atmospheric gas) decreased normal swimming ability of chinook.  Growth of both steelhead and chinook was affected by sublethal exposures in water saturated with atmospheric nitrogen and argon at 105, 110, and 115%.  Blood chemistry was affected at sublethal exposures in water at 115% saturation.

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