An aerial method of assessing spawning activity of Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., and brown trout, Salmo trutta L., in Norwegian streams
Heggberget, TG.; Haukebo, T.; Veie-Rosvoll, B.
Journal of Fish Biology 283: 335-342
A method using light aircraft to observe spawning activity of Atlantic salmon and brown trout in some Norwegian streams was tested between the years 1981 and 83. From the air, spawning redds of these species appear as light, oval spots in the river bottom. The method was successfully applied to most of the rivers studied, and information about numbers of redds, distribution of redds and spawning times was obtained. However, it has several limitations, the most important being that it proved to be unsuccessful in a deep river with high water turbidity. Also, during periods with high precipitation and high water level, the method cannot be used. Several quantitative and qualitative aspects of the results obtained by this technique are discussed.