Temporal variations in scale cortisol indicate consistent local-and broad-scale constraints in a wild marine teleost fish

Type Article
Date 2022-12
Language English
Author(s) Lebigre ChristopheORCID1, Woillez MathieuORCID1, Barone Herve1, Mourot Jennyfer1, Drogou Mickael1, Le Goff RonanORCID1, Servili AriannaORCID2, Hennebert Jana3, Vanhomwegen Marine4, Aerts Johan3, 4
Affiliation(s) 1 : UMR DECOD (Ecosystem Dynamics and Sustainability), Ifremer, INRAE, Institut Agro, Plouzané, France
2 : Ifremer, Université de Brest, CNRS, IRD, UMR LEMAR, F-29820, Plouzané, France
3 : Stress Physiology Research Group, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ghent University, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400, Ostend, Belgium
4 : Stress Physiology Research Group, Animal Sciences Unit, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400, Ostend, Belgium
Source Marine Environmental Research (0141-1136) (Elsevier BV), 2022-12 , Vol. 182 , P. 105783 (8p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.marenvres.2022.105783
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Keyword(s) Allostatic load, Chronic stress, Fitness, Fish, Growth, Nurseries

Environmental changes can alter the nursery function of coastal areas through their impact on juveniles' growth and survival rates, an effect mediated by individuals’ chronic stress response. Fish chronic stress can be quantified using scale cortisol but no study has yet been quantified the spatio-temporal variations in scale cortisol and its relationship with growth in wild nurseries. We collected wild sea bass juveniles (Dicentrarchus labrax, four years, three nurseries) and found that scale cortisol levels increased consistently with age and across cohorts in 2019 and 2020 probably due to greater stress history in older fish and/or heatwaves that occurred in summers of 2018 and 2019. Growth was impaired in fish with high scale cortisol in 2019 and 2020, confirming the usefulness of scale cortisol as a biomarker of broad and local constraints in wild fish; longer time series will enable us to identify environmental factors underpinning these temporal variations.

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Lebigre Christophe, Woillez Mathieu, Barone Herve, Mourot Jennyfer, Drogou Mickael, Le Goff Ronan, Servili Arianna, Hennebert Jana, Vanhomwegen Marine, Aerts Johan (2022). Temporal variations in scale cortisol indicate consistent local-and broad-scale constraints in a wild marine teleost fish. Marine Environmental Research, 182, 105783 (8p.). Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2022.105783 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00800/91153/