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GENETIC STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN EEL WITH EMPHASIS ON THE ST.LAWRENCE RIVER BASIN.

The American eel is also a very important resource in eastern North   America. It supports a valuable commercial fishery along the Atlantic   Coast. However, the situation of American eel in Canada is quite   dramatic in the upper St. Lawrence R. / L. Ontario region:  catches   in the St. Lawrence R. which has historically supported the most   important eel fishery in Canada have declined from 3   metric tons in   199  to less than 72 tons in 2   .       In this context, this 2-year study will focus on 3 specific   objectives :  1.  Document the geographic pattern of genetic population structure   of the American eel by means      of molecular makers to test the null hypothesis of panmixia.   2.  Test the hypothesis of a genetic basis for growth and sex ratio   differences between eels from       different locations and reared in controlled conditions.   3. Use this information to make recommendation for improving   management and conservation measures for the American eel.    

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Louis BernatchezPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
Great Lakes Fishery Commission $ 73,920.00CADActual

Funding 54 projects for a total of $5,089,137.00
Scope of Study
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Population
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
St.Lawrence River
State Province
New York
Ontario
Quebec
Annex Numbers
Surveillance and Monitoring

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