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Title: Otolith sulfur isotope method to reconstruct salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) life history
Authors: P. K. Weber, I. D. Hutcheon, K. D. McKeegan, and B. L. Ingram
Publication: Can. Jour. Fish. Aquat. Sci., v. 59, p. 587‐591.
Publish Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1139/F02-038
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BibTEX Citation: Weber:2002.bib


We report a new ion microprobe method to reconstruct aspects of fish life history based on sulfur isotopes (34S/32S, expressed as δ34S). Selected hatchery raised and naturally spawned juvenile chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) are shown to have a 12.96 ± 0.27‰ (mean ± 2 standard errors) difference in muscle δ34S values, corresponding to δ34S differences between the hatchery and freshwater diets. Isotopic microanalyses of otoliths demonstrate that this 13‰ difference is preserved in the otoliths. We interpret the otolith δ34S record to be a chronology of dietary δ34S, with approximately one‐week temporal resolution, preserved in these banded calcium carbonate structures. Potential applications of this method include identifying hatchery raised fish and reconstructing nutrition sources, migration, and other aspects of fish life history.