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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2020, Vol 20, Num, 10     (Pages: 717-726)

Age, Growth, Reproduction and Fecundity of Roach Rutilus rutilus from Volvi Lake, Northern Greece

Stavroula Kyritsi 1 ,Antonis K. Kokkinakis 2

1 Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, School of Agricultural Technology, Food Technology and Nutrition, Department of Agricultural Technology, Division of Animal Production, Box 141, 57400 Thessaloniki, Greece
2 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Wild Life and Freshwater Fisheries, Box 241, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v20_10_01 Viewed : 958 - Downloaded : 951 The roach, Rutilus rutilus, is a Cyprinid which is widely distributed throughout freshwater systems in Europe. It is one of the most abundant and important commercial fish species in Greece. Age, growth, reproduction and fecundity of roach were studied in Lake Volvi from 1997-1998 females had higher growth in length (L∞=277.18 mm, k=0.097) than adult males (L∞=185.60 mm, k=0.148). All males older than one year and larger than 70 mm, and all females older than two years and larger than 80 mm were sexually mature. The breeding period spanned from the end of March till mid April. Fecundity ranged from 2,036 to 31,653 eggs (mean 8,102 eggs) and relative fecundity from 76.06 to 333.94 eggs/g (mean 186.78 eggs/g). Diameter of eggs were 1.3 ± 0.07 mm and weighted 0.0011 ± 0.0002 g . The weight of eggs were independent of length and age of individuals (P>0.05), however, there was a significant relationship between weight and egg diameter (P<0.05). Absolute fecundity depended on length, weight and age of the females. The relationship between absolute fecundity and length were less obvious in the case of relative fecundity and egg size. Estimated growth was at the lower end when compared with other studies conducted elsewhere. Keywords : Life history traits, Freshwater, Greece, Eastern Mediterranean