SREL Reprint #0335




In a Reservoir Receiving Heated Effluent from a Reactor

J. Whitfield Gibbons and David H. Bennett



Ecological studies of the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) were conducted on Par Pond, a South Carolina reservoir receiving heated water from a nuclear reactor.  Population density of bass is greater in the heated areas of the lake, particularly during the winter.  Individual bass exhibit a high mobility in the reservoir, with movement of more than 6 km being of frequent occurrence.  The majority of individuals recaptured in the heated areas appear to have remained in the same place.


SREL Reprint #0335

Gibbons, J.W. and D.H. Bennett. 1971. Abundance and local movement of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) in a reservoir receiving heated effluent from a reactor. p. 524-527. In Third National Symposium on Radioecology, edited by D.J. Nelson. ORNL CONF 710501 P1. Oak Ridge, TN.

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