Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Linking water quality to fish production in the Chesapeake Bay: Spatially-explicit models of fish growth and predation

Principal Investigator: 

Stephen B. Brandt

Start/End Year: 

1994 to 1996


Buffalo State College, Great Lakes Center

Co-Principal investigator: 

Denise L. Breitberg, Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center



We propose to examine how dissolved oxygen concentrations and the spatial patterning of dissolved oxygen, water temperature and predation and prey abundances interact to affect the consumption, growth, production and recruitment of important fishes in the Chesapeake Bay. Research will focus on key piscivores (striped bass, bluefish, weakfish) and planktivores (Atlantic menhaden, bay anchovy). Spatially-explicit models will be used to compare patterns of growth and consumption relative to changes in habitat structure, prey abundances and spatial heterogeneity in the environment. Model simulations will address specific management questions dealing with the interrelationships of fish production and water quality.