Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 354–364 | Cite as

On possible re-distribution of pink salmon Onchorhynchus gorbuscha between the reproduction areas of different stocks in the Sakhalin-Kuril region



The scale structure of pink salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha inhabiting southern Sakhalin and Iturup Island were studied in 2014. These locations are characterized by the unusual dynamics of catches and biological parameters of the fish that come to spawn in different areas in the Sakhalin-Kuril region. The pink salmon that has originated from Iturup Island appeared en masse in the waters of southern Sakhalin, according to the analysis of the scleritogram fragments that reflect the fish growth during the first months of life. This is the first confirmation of the hypothesis of the fluctuating stocks of pink salmon approved by the ichthyological methods. It is suggested that wide-scale straying of pink salmon takes place in the years of dominance shift between the generations of even and odd spawning years.


pink salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha scale structure straying catch dynamics Sakhalin Iturup Island 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Priority DevelopmentSakhalin State UniversityYuzhno-SakhalinskRussia
  2. 2.Vavilov Institute of General GeneticsMoscowRussia

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