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Development of population genetics markers in dab (Limanda Limanda) and European Flounder (Platichthys flesus) to assess population structure in impacted and unimpacted areas. - ME3206

Description
Summary Objectives:
Both the dab and European flounder are key species in the UK’s e.g. NMMP, EDMAR, DMECS and ICES marine monitoring programmes and this project will aim to address the lack of information concerning the population structure, behaviour and ecology of these species. The use of genetic biomarkers will help ascertain the existence of genetically separate stocks around the UK since they may exhibit markedly different responses to contaminants, disease and other biotic and abiotic variables.

Key Customer Purpose:
This project will enhance Defra’s capability to interpret the use of biomarkers and pathology alongside outlining the ability of contaminants and disease to reduce genetic biodiversity in both these species. The results will also contribute to management plans for these populations as genetically distinct populations may well require differing management techniques.
Project Documents
• Final Report : ME3206: Final Report Development of population genetics markers in dab (Limanda Limanda) and European Flounder (Platichthys flesus) to assess population structure in impacted and un-impacted areas   (235k)
• Two Page Summary : ME3206: Twp Page Summary What methods should be used for investigating population level effects in key marine biomonitoring species?   (399k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2009

Cost: £334,803
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CEFAS
Keywords
Environmental Protection              
Fisheries              
Flatfish              
Genetics              
Marine conservation              
Marine Impacts              
Marine Organisms              
Marker              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine