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Molecular genetics to inform spatial management in benthic invertebrate fisheries: a case study using the Australian greenlip abalone


Miller, KJ and Mundy, CN and Mayfield, S, Molecular genetics to inform spatial management in benthic invertebrate fisheries: a case study using the Australian greenlip abalone, Molecular Ecology, 23, (20) pp. 4958-4975. ISSN 0962-1083 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/mec.12914


Hierarchical sampling and subsequent microsatellite genotyping of >2300 Haliotis laevigata (greenlip abalone) from 19 locations distributed across five biogeographic regions have substantially advanced our knowledge of population structure and connectivity in this commercially important species. The study has found key differences in stock structure of H. laevigata compared with the sympatric and congeneric Haliotis rubra (blacklip abalone) and yielded valuable insights into the management of fisheries targeting species characterized by spatial structure at small scales (i.e. S-fisheries). As with H. rubra, H. laevigata comprise a series of metapopulations with strong selfrecruitment. However, the spatial extent of H. laevigata metapopulations (reefal areas around 30 km2; distances of up to 135 km are effective barriers to larval dispersal) was substantially greater than that identified for H. rubra (Miller et al. 2009). Differences in the dynamics and scale of population processes, even between congeneric haliotids as made evident in this study, imply that for S-fisheries, it is difficult to generalize about the potential consequences of life history commonalities. Consequently, species-specific management reflective of the population structure of the target species remains particularly important. This will likely require integration of information about stock structure and connectivity with data on life history and population dynamics to determine the necessary input (e.g. number of fishers, fishing effort) and output (e.g. minimum legal size, total allowable catch) controls to underpin their sustainable management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:greenlip abalone, connectivity, microsatellites, metapopulations
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fish physiology and genetics
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Miller, KJ (Dr Karen Miller)
UTAS Author:Mundy, CN (Dr Craig Mundy)
ID Code:97069
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-12-02
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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