Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture



WGAGFMWGAGFMTrueGary R. CarvalhoSSGEPIg.r.carvalho@bangor.ac.uk164Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture

The Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM) provides advice on methods to describe, conserve, and manage intra-specific biodiversity, focusing on the application of genetic and genomic analyses.

​​​​​​​​WGAGFM's work 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:

  • How genetic methods can be applied to identify populations and trace the geographic (or aquaculture) origin of fish and fish products
  • The application of genetic methods to trace migratory behaviours/habitat use/fisheries exploitation of individual populations (e.g. during different parts of their life cycles)
  • Recent technological developments that have enabled high-throughput molecular species detection (genomic bar-coding), with advice given on application in species and ecosystem management
  • How genetic methods can be applied to evaluate effects of stocking, aquaculture escapees, MPAs, habitat disturbance and restoration, including how endangered populations can be restored in a sustainable manner that takes population histories and local adaptations into consideration
  • The application of genetic methods to determine dynamics of non-indigenous invasive species and their adaptive potential.​
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