Evidence for fine geographical scale heterogeneity in gene frequencies in yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from the north Indian Ocean around Sri Lanka

Dammannagoda, Sudath T., Hurwood, David A., & Mather, Peter B. (2008) Evidence for fine geographical scale heterogeneity in gene frequencies in yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from the north Indian Ocean around Sri Lanka. Fisheries Research, 90(1-3), pp. 147-157.

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Yellowfin tuna are currently considered by the member nations of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to constitute a single stock in the Indian Ocean due to a lack of knowledge about yellowfin tuna population structure in this region. Previous studies of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna based on morphology and fisheries data have hinted at the presence of multiple stocks in the region, and further, that stocks may mix in the north western Indian Ocean around Sri Lanka. To better understand the genetic stock structure of yellowfin tuna in the north western Indian Ocean, we examined genetic variation in 285 yellowfin individuals collected over a period of 4 years from six fishing grounds around Sri Lanka and a single fishing ground in the Maldive Islands. We screened variation in both the mitochondrial ATPase 6 and 8 region (498 bp) and three microsatellite loci. Significant genetic differentiation was detected among sites for mitochondrial DNA (ΦST = 0.1285, P < 0.001) and at two microsatellite loci (FST = 0.0164, P < 0.001 and FST = 0.0064, P < 0.001), while spatial analysis of molecular variance of mtDNA data identified three genetically heterogenous groups namely; western, south eastern and all remaining sites. These results suggest the possibility that genetically discrete yellowfin tuna populations may be present in the north western Indian Ocean.

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ID Code: 14762
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ATPase, Indian Ocean, Microsatellites, Population structure, Thunnus albacares, Yellowfin tuna
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2007.10.006
ISSN: 0165-7836
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > GENETICS (060400) > Population Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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