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Elemental fingerprints of southern calamari (Sepioteuthis australis) reveal local recruitment sources and allow assessment of the importance of closed areas


Pecl, GT and Tracey, SR and Danyushevsky, L and Wotherspoon, S and Moltschaniwskyj, NA, Elemental fingerprints of southern calamari (Sepioteuthis australis) reveal local recruitment sources and allow assessment of the importance of closed areas, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68, (8) pp. 1351-1360. ISSN 0706-652X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1139/F2011-059


Movement of individuals over a range of temporal and spatial scales is a critical process in determining the structure and size of populations. For most marine species, a substantial amount of movement that is responsible for connecting subpopulations occurs when individuals are too small and numerous to be tagged using conventional methods. Using the elemental fingerprints of the statoliths of the squid Sepioteuthis australis and a robust machine learning classification technique, this study determined that newly hatched squid had elemental signatures that exhibited sufficient spatial variation to act as natural tags for natal origin and that elemental signatures can be used to allocate adult squid back to their natal site. Between 55% and 84% of the adult squid caught throughout the east and southeast of Tasmania, Australia, were classified back to an area that is closed to commercial fishing over much of the peak spawning period, and this was the only location with substantive evidence of natal recruitment. Although many studies have demonstrated the potential of this approach to discern connectivity between population units, few studies have successfully done so by then examining the trace element profiles of adults in addition to those of hatchlings as we have demonstrated with S. australis.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern calamary fish recruitment Tasmania
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population ecology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught edible molluscs
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
UTAS Author:Tracey, SR (Associate Professor Sean Tracey)
UTAS Author:Danyushevsky, L (Professor Leonid Danyushevsky)
UTAS Author:Wotherspoon, S (Dr Simon Wotherspoon)
UTAS Author:Moltschaniwskyj, NA (Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj)
ID Code:74818
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2011-12-14
Last Modified:2012-06-20
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