SREL Reprint #0380




Growth and Condition of Juvenile Largemouth Bass from a Reservoir Receiving Thermal Effluent

David H. Bennett and J. Whitfield Gibbons



Growth and condition of juvenile largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) were studied in an 1120-ha reservoir near Aiken, S. C.  The reservoir receives thermal effluent from a nuclear reactor.  Mean surface-water temperatures in a cove receiving thermal effluent exceeded temperatures in nonheated areas by 7 and 3C for 1969 and 1970, respectively.  Juvenile bass collected during their first summer from the heated station were generally larger and grew significantly faster than young bass from nonheated waters.  The condition factors of all juvenile bass collected were generally similar.  Results from this study indicate that early growth and body condition of juvenile largemouth bass may not be impaired by thermal effluent.

Keywords: Par Pond Reservoir System

SREL Reprint #0380

Bennett, D.H. and J.W. Gibbons. 1974. Growth and condition of juvenile largemouth bass from a reservoir receiving thermal effluent. p. 246-254. In Thermal Ecology, edited by J.W. Gibbons and R.R. Sharitz. CONF 730505. Atomic Energy Commission.

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