Dissolved Oxygen Depletion in the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel: Biological and Ecological Effects Conceptual Model

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Primary Driver: Exposure of Fish
to Low DO Concentrations

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This primary driver is affected by the two secondary drivers shown above.

  • To read about the primary driver, scroll down this page.
  • To read about a secondary driver, click on that driver in the diagram above. The discussion of the secondary driver describes both the general effects and the species-specific effects of the driver.

Exposure of Fish to Low DO Concentrations

The exposure of fish to low DO concentrations in the DWSC results from the combined timing of when these low-DO episodes typically occur and when the fish typically pass through the DWSC (migrating either upstream or downstream). See "Secondary Driver: Occurrence of Sensitive Life Stages in the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel" for a graphic that shows when the life stages of each species occur in the DWSC as well as when episodes of low DO concentrations occur. This information is also depicted individually for the eight fish species that are the subjects of this model.

More information on the conditions that lead to low DO conditions is provided in the physical/chemical model.