The PFA has carried out genetic research on populations of pelagic fish such as herring and horde mackerel

The PFA has carried out genetic research on populations of pelagic fish such as herring and horde mackerel

The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association has announced that they have carried out genetic research on populations of pelagic fish.

The PFA says that strengthening the knowledge base on populations of pelagic fish like herring and horse mackerel is important to the management of stocks and therefore also for the PFA.

“Since 2015 we have investing into genetic research on the different populations of herring and horse mackerel. While substantial progress has been made on the genetic techniques to discriminate between populations, an important bottleneck remained with regards to the collection of genetic samples,” says the PFA.

“Such data collection was very laborious and therefore quite difficult to organise. In collaboration with different fishing industry partners, genetic experts and a laboratory tools supplier, a breakthrough has been achieved in the collection of genetic samples. Genetic tissue can now be extracted from individual fish with simple, ready-made test tubes.”

“This opens up exciting new ways of addressing questions about the mixing of different populations in different seasons and areas,” says PFA Chief Science Officer Martin Pastoors.

Accumulating knowledge and data for further scientific research is essential for a responsible and sustainable fishery targeting pelagic fish stocks. The PFA says that they and their members are committed to collaborate with science so that future generations can also benefit from the sea as a source of food and income.

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PFA conducts genetic research on populations of pelagic fish

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