Survival of laboratory-reared juvenile European lobster (Homarus gammarus) from three brood sources in southwestern Norway

K.E. Jørstad, T.S. Kristiansen, E. Farestveit, A.-L. Agnalt, P.A. Prodöhl, Maria Hughes, Andrew Ferguson

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Experiments were carried out from June 2000 to April 2001 to compare survival of European lobster (Homarus gammarus) offspring (larvae and juveniles) from three brood sources, Kvitsøy Wild (KW), Kvitsøy Cultured (KC), and Rogaland Wild (RW), Norway. In the first set of experiments, newly hatched larvae (stage I) were raised in separate family tanks. All larvae groups survived to stage III/IV, although large variation in relative survival was observed among families within each of the three different female groups. Highest overall survival was observed for the RW group (12.8%), whereas no differences in overall survival were found between the KW (9.0%) and KC groups (9.6%). From stage III/IV, larvae from single family tank experiments were mixed in five “common garden” juvenile experiments. These lasted for 9 months, and the surviving juveniles were identified to family/female group using microsatellite DNA profiling. Significantly higher survival of the KW families (7.0%) was found compared with the KC (3.7%) and the RW families (3.2%), and differences in family ranking of relative survival values were evident between the KW and KC groups. The relative survival rate of the different groups was independent of female lobster size. An estimate based on only stage IV larvae reduced the difference in survival between the KW (11.4%) and KC (8.3%) group. The experiments provided evidence that cultured females (KC) are producing viable offspring with lower, but comparable survival to that of offspring from wild females (KW).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ecology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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