Genetic population structure of grey mackerel Scomberomorus semifasciatus in northern Australia

Broderick, D., Ovenden, J.R., Buckworth, R.C., Newman, S.J., Lester, R.J.G., and Welch, D.J. (2011) Genetic population structure of grey mackerel Scomberomorus semifasciatus in northern Australia. Journal of Fish Biology, 79 (3). pp. 633-661.

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This study used mtDNA sequence and microsatellite markers to elucidate the population structure of Scomberomorus semifasciatus collected from 12 widespread sampling locations in Australia. Samples (n = 544) were genotyped with nine microsatellite loci, and 353 were sequenced for the control (384 bp) and ATPase (800 bp) mtDNA gene regions. Combined interpretation of microsatellite and mtDNA data identified four genetic stocks of S. semifasciatus: Western Australia, north-west coast of the Northern Territory, Gulf of Carpentaria and the eastern coast of Queensland. Connectivity among stocks across northern Australia from the Northern Territory to the eastern coast of Queensland was high (mean FST = 0·003 for the microsatellite data and ΦST = 0·033 and 0·009 for control region and ATPase, respectively) leading to some uncertainty about stock boundaries. In contrast, there was a clear genetic break between the stock in Western Australia compared to the rest of northern Australia (mean FST = 0·132 for the microsatellite data and ΦST = 0·135 and 0·188 for control region and ATPase, respectively). This indicates a restriction to gene flow possibly associated with suboptimal habitat along the Kimberley coast (north Western Australia). The appropriate scale of management for this species corresponds to the jurisdictions of the three Australian states, except that authorities in Queensland and Northern Territory should co-ordinate the management of the Gulf of Carpentaria stock.

Item ID: 20028
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8649
Keywords: commercial; exploitation; fisheries stocks; microsatellites; mitochondrial DNA; tropical
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 06:06
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070405 Fish Physiology and Genetics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830204 Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 100%
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