Stock Identification Methods

Applications in Fishery Science

Edited by

  • Steven Cadrin, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • Lisa A. Kerr, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME, USA
  • Stefano Mariani, School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, UK

Stock Identification Methods, 2e, continues to provide a comprehensive review of the various disciplines used to study the population structure of fishery resources. It represents the worldwide experience and perspectives of experts on each method, assembled through a working group of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. The book is organized to foster interdisciplinary analyses and conclusions about stock structure, a crucial topic for fishery science and management.

Technological advances have promoted the development of stock identification methods in many directions, resulting in a confusing variety of approaches. Based on central tenets of population biology and management needs, this valuable resource offers a unified framework for understanding stock structure by promoting an understanding of the relative merits and sensitivities of each approach.

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Fishery scientists and managers; students studying fish biology and related aquatic sciences.


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-397003-9

Table of Contents

Foreword - Michael Sinclair


    1. Stock Identification Methods: An Overview

      Steven X. Cadrin, Lisa A. Kerr and Stefano Mariani

      2. The Unit Stock Concept: Bounded Fish and Fisheries

      Dave Secor

      3. Fishery Management Strategies for Addressing Complex Spatial Structure in Marine Fish Stocks

      Jacob P. Kritzer and Owen R. Liu

      Geographic Variation

      Life History Traits

      4. Quantitative Traits

      Mikko Heino

      5. The continuing role of life history parameters to identify stock structure

      Richard S. McBride


      6. Morphometric Landmarks

      Steven X. Cadrin

      7. Morphometric Outlines

      Christoph Stransky

      8. Analysis of growth marks in calcified structures: insights into stock structure and migration pathways

      Deirdre Brophy

      9. Meristics

      Peter D. Chase

      Environmental Signals

      10. Parasites as Biological Tags

      Ken Mackenzie and Pablo Abaunza

      11. Chemical Composition of Fish Hard Parts as a Natural Marker of Fish Stocks

      Lisa A. Kerr and Steven E. Campana

      12. Fatty Acid Profiles as Natural Marks for Stock Identification

      Otto Grahl-Nielsen

      Genetic Analyses

      13. Application of Mitochondrial DNA in Stock Identification

      Aglaia Antoniou & Antonios Magoulas

      14. The Nuclear Genome: Neutral and Adaptive Markers in Fisheries Science

      Stefano Mariani and Dorte Bekkevold

      Movement and Mixing

      15. The use of early life stages in stock identification studies

      Jonathan A. Hare and David E. Richardson

      16. Conventional and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags

      David A. Hall

      17. Acoustic and Radio Telemetry

      Greg DeCelles and Doug Zemeckis

      18. Estimation of Movement from Tagging Data

      Carl James Schwarz

      19. Telemetry Analysis of Highly Migratory Species

      Benjamin Galuardi and Chi Hin (Tim) Lam

      Interdisciplinary Analyses

      20. Sampling for Interdisiplinary Analysis

      Pablo Abaunza, A.G. Murta and Christoph Stransky

      21. Simulation Modeling as a Tool for Synthesis of Stock Identification Information

      Lisa A. Kerr and Daniel R. Goethel

      22. Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Spatial Population Structure for Definition of Fishery Management Units

      Steven X. Cadrin, Lisa A. Kerr and Stefano Mariani