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A review of the application of molecular genetics for fisheries management and conservation of sharks and rays


Dudgeon, CL and Blower, DC and Broderick, D and Giles, JL and Holmes, BJ and Kashiwagi, T and Krueck, NC and Morgan, JAT and Tillett, BJ and Ovenden, JR, A review of the application of molecular genetics for fisheries management and conservation of sharks and rays, Journal of Fish Biology, 80, (5) pp. 1789-1843. ISSN 0022-1112 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03265.x


Since the first investigation 25 years ago, the application of genetic tools to address ecological and evolutionary questions in elasmobranch studies has greatly expanded. Major developments in genetic theory as well as in the availability, cost effectiveness and resolution of genetic markers were instrumental for particularly rapid progress over the last 10 years. Genetic studies of elasmobranchs are of direct importance and have application to fisheries management and conservation issues such as the definition of management units and identification of species from fins. In the future, increased application of the most recent and emerging technologies will enable accelerated genetic data production and the development of new markers at reduced costs, paving the way for a paradigm shift from gene to genome-scale research, and more focus on adaptive rather than just neutral variation. Current literature is reviewed in six fields of elasmobranch molecular genetics relevant to fisheries and conservation management (species identification, phylogeography, philopatry, genetic effective population size, molecular evolutionary rate and emerging methods). Where possible, examples from the Indo-Pacific region, which has been underrepresented in previous reviews, are emphasized within a global perspective.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sharks, rays, biodiversity conservation, marine conservation, fisheries management, ecological genetics, conservation genetics, population genetics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Krueck, NC (Dr Nils Krueck)
ID Code:145753
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:159
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2021-08-04
Last Modified:2021-11-23

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