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Genetic identification of fish eggs by species-specific DNA markers for use in stock biomass assessments and detection of commercial fraud

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01157
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 10-01-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 1,515,044 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,292,149 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
The main objective of the proposal is to improve a fisheries - independent method of fish spawning stock biomass estimation by developing genetic - based methods for the accurate identification of the early stages of the eggs of 13 commercially important marine species: Trachurus traachurus, T. mediterraneus, T.picturatus, Macrorhamphosus scolopax, Scomber scombrus, S. japonicus, Gudus mrohua, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, Merlangius merlangus, Merluccius merluccius, Merluccius senegalensis, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis and L. boscii. The species of each group show overlapping distributions and spawning period, and their eggs can be confounded in plankton surveys. Probes will be developed for 11 more species for commercial fraud identification.


Coordinator
Eva GARCIA-VAZQUEZ
University of Oviedo - Departamento de Biologia Funcional
Oviedo
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 985103076
Fax: +34 985103534
E-mail: egv@sauron.quimica.uniovi.es


Partners
  Ciro RICO
University of East Anglia - School of Biological Sciences
Norfolk
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1603593525
E-mail: c.rico@uea.ac.uk
  Lorenzo MOTOS
Fundacion AZTI - Departamento de Recursos Pesqueros
Sukarrieta
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 943214124
E-mail: palvarez@ azti.es
  Placida LOPES
IPIMAR Instituto de Investigaçao das Pescas e do Mar
Lisboa
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 13027000
E-mail: plopes@ipimar.pt
  Costas TRIANTAPHYLLIDIS
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 31998309
E-mail: triant@bio.auth.gr
  Inocencio RODRIGUEZ IGLESIAS
Pescados Paco, S.A.
Siero
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 985792915
E-mail: pescadospaco@mailfade.es
  Clive FOX
Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences
Lowestof, Suffolk
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1502524258
E-mail: cjfox@cefas.co.uk