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Circumpolar sampling reveals high genetic connectivity of Antarctic toothfish across their spatial distribution


Maschette, D and Wotherspoon, S and Polanowski, A and Deagle, B and Welsford, D and Ziegler, P, Circumpolar sampling reveals high genetic connectivity of Antarctic toothfish across their spatial distribution, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 33 pp. 295-310. ISSN 0960-3166 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11160-023-09756-9


Antarctic Toothfish are a circumpolar species which are targeted in multiple fisheries around Antarctica covering nine statistical areas within the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Despite this, it is still unclear whether the species forms a single stock across its circumpolar distribution, shows a pattern of isolation by distance, or exhibits discrete stock structure between different regions. Recent genetics studies of Antarctic toothfish have shown connectivity between two areas (Ross Sea and Antarctic Peninsula), but earlier studies with smaller number of markers produced inconsistent results with regards to genetic connectivity between other geographic locations. Here we present a range-wide population genetic study of Antarctic toothfish using > 11,000 nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms from 715 fish collected. Our results indicate that genetic diversity of the Antarctic toothfish is very low, with only 0.1% of genetic variability associated with geographic location. Multiple clustering methods, both supervised and unsupervised, indicated no distinct breeding populations. These results are consistent with current theories of egg and larval dispersal by the predominant Antarctic currents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fisheries, Antarctica, genetics, toothfish, close-kin, population genetics, SNPs
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Maschette, D (Mr Dale Maschette)
ID Code:155000
Year Published:2023
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2023-01-23
Last Modified:2023-02-23

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