Cisco (Coregonus artedi) and Bloater (Coregonus hoyi) Culture Manual

Techniques and Methods 2-A20
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The primary objective of the Coregonine Research Program established at the U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center, Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science as mandated by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is to restore native coregonines, specifically Coregonus artedi (Lesueur, 1818; ciscoes) and Coregonus hoyi (Milner, 1874; bloaters) into Lake Ontario. This objective focuses on providing an alternative food source for top predators and improving the ecological function of Lake Ontario as it relates to native versus invasive species control. To complete this goal, hatchery techniques were developed to grow ciscoes and bloaters; these techniques are described in this standard operating manual.

Suggested Citation

Chalupnicki, M.A., Mackey, G.E., and McKenna, J.E., Jr., 2024, Cisco (Coregonus artedi) and bloater (Coregonus hoyi) culture manual: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 2, chap. A20, 25 p.,

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Adult Brood Collection
  • Spawning
  • Bloater
  • Disease Certification
  • Fish Disease Assays
  • Adult Brood Genetic Parentage Analysis
  • Egg Incubation
  • Development
  • Larval Rearing
  • Feeding
  • Chemical Marking
  • Stocking
  • Record Keeping, Data Management, and Reporting
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Cisco (Coregonus artedi) and bloater (Coregonus hoyi) culture manual
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 2-A20
DOI 10.3133/tm2A20
Year Published 2024
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description viii, 25 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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