Joining in with genetics

Connecting the dots: In the lead-up to the Annual Science Conference, discover the theme sessions and how they relate to ICES ongoing work. Here, theme session T on using genetic stock identification for the conservation and management of diadromous fish.
Published: 7 August 2015

​​​​​​​Theme Session T

Practical application of Genetic Stock Identification for the conservation, management, and restoration of diadromous fish species

Conveners: Dennis Ensing (UK), Philip McGinnity (Ireland)

Theme session T centres on Genetic Stock Identification (GSI) and its application to salmon and other diadromous (migrating between fresh and saltwater) – fish populations. There are many applications of this, ​​​including identifying individual stocks in mixed-stock salmon fisheries such as those in the high seas where stocks from Europe and North America interact. Significant progress has been made in the GSI field, both in terms of ​methods and of ​​number of stocks with genetic baselines. 

Contributions to the session will include examples of GSI studies integrated with management advice and policy decisions (including EU and non-EU directives), management of mixed-stock fisheries, biodiversity of rare and sensitive species, population bottlenecks, and causes of population and stock composition long-term change amongst other things.

The session will also host a panel discussion where several experts, including one on diadromous fish, ​​Niall O'Maoileidigh from the Marine Institute in Ireland​, who will offer their views before engaging with the presenters and the audience.

​Links to steering groups

Steering Group on Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics (EPDSG)

Links to strategic initiatives

Strategic Initiative on Biodiversity Advice and Science (SIBAS)

Links to expert groups

Working Group on North Atlantic Salmon (WGNAS)

Assessment Working Group on Baltic Salmon and Trout (WGBAST)

Working Group on Effectiveness of Recovery Actions for Atlantic Salmon (WGERAAS)

Working Group on the Science Requirements to Support Conservation, Restoration and Management of Diadromous Species (WGRECORDS)

Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM)

Links to other theme sessions

SCICOM Open Session – Bridging the gap between data users and data providers

Theme session I – A holistic ecosystem approach for marine management and conservation: Opportunities through the application of genetic and genomic approaches

Theme session Q – From genes to ecosystems: spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics of the Baltic Sea (Co-sponsored by BONUS) ​

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