North American Journal of Aquaculture
The objective of this study was to investigate variation in sperm quality metrics (motility, velocity, linearity, longevity, and density) of hatchery-reared Lake Trout Salvelinus namaycush throughout the spawning season. Seasonal variation in sperm quality was investigated using both a regression and repeated-measures approach. Sperm was collected from the same 16 individuals over four sampling periods, separated by 3-week intervals. Regression analyses showed that 727% of the variation in sperm traits could be explained by seasonal variation, indicating that seasonality can have a significant impact on the quality of sperm. Significant positive linear relationships were found for percent motility and linearity at 5s postactivation. Significant negative quadratic relationships were found for velocity at 5s postactivation, longevity, and density, whereas a positive quadratic relationship was found for linearity at 10s postactivation. Repeated measures ANOVAs showed a significant effect of season for percent motility and linearity at 5 and 10s postactivation, velocity at 10s postactivation, and longevity. Our findings are important for optimizing fertilization protocols for hatchery production and can also be used to understand reproductive biology and ecology of wild Lake Trout stocks. Received March 15, 2012; accepted June 30, 2012
Johnson, Katelynn; Butts, Ian A.E.; Wilson, Chris C.; and Pitcher, Trevor E.. (2013). Sperm Quality of Hatchery-Reared Lake Trout Throughout the Spawning Season. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 75 (1), 102-108.