Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Dr. William S.Woolcott

Second Advisor

Dr. Francis B. Leftwich

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard W. Topham


Summer somatic indices of three and four year old striped bass (Morone saxatilis) from Lake Anna (LA), Virginia, a cooling water reservoir, indicated prey ingestion was not sufficient to maintain growth during summer months when striped bass metabolism was elevated by thermal and hypoxic stress. Vitello-lipid and vitello-protein concentrations of stressed LA striped bass were compared to those of non-stressed striped bass from Smith Mountain Lake (SML) , Virginia, a hydroelectric reservoir. Seasonal comparisons of LA and SML striped bass vitello-lipid concentrations and vitello-protein concentrations showed no significant differences between sites (P [less than or equal to] 0.05). Vitello nutrients were not utilized as metabolic substrates by stressed LA striped bass, indicating striped bass vitello-nutrient deposition is not significantly affected by thermal, hypoxic, and starvation stresses of eight to ten weeks duration.

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