CCMAR organizes the Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture meeting
The Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM) met in the Algarve from 2-5 May. This structure belongs to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) providing advice on methods to describe, conserve, and manage intra-specific biodiversity, focusing on the application of genetic and genomic analyses.
The meetings are held annually, and each meeting results in a comprehensible published report available online. The R2C2 (ranges, resources, climate and connectivity) group led by Rita Castilho from CCMAR was invited to organize the 2014 meeting, and the WGAGFM decided to have the 2017 meeting again in the Algarve.
This year the meeting was devoted to complete three reviews: 1) existing and potential molecular techniques to evaluate infectious disease and parasite spread from transferred seafood into wild populations; 2) review and map decision channels for integrating WGAGFM advice into assessment and management of aquatic resources and 3) review application of quantitative genetic techniques into nonmariculture marine species and to address close-kin mark recapture approaches to estimate abundance and population parameters of deep-sea marine fish species in support of enhanced management under the Common Fisheries Policy.