WGAGFA's work (formerly Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture - WGAGFM) is related to a suite of management themes spanning from commercial fisheries to ecosystems, recreational exploitation and mariculture.
Advice focuses on knowledge generated from applications of molecular genetic and genomic tools to identify, trace, restore, and manage local populations of fish and shellfish. Focus is also on hindcasting and forecasting how internal and external drivers (e.g. physical, climatic, fisheries) affect distributions of individuals, populations, and species. This knowledge is mainly achieved through studies of the evolutionary processes for generating and shaping genetic and hereunder functional diversity within and among aquatic populations.
The group also looks at: