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A pilot genetic study reveals the absence of spatial genetic structure in Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) on fishing grounds in Icelandic waters

Authors: Christophe Pampoulie, Sigurlaug Skirnisdottir, Sigurbjorg Hauksdottir, Kristinn Olafsson, Hrafnkell Eiríksson, Valérie Chosson, Gudmundur O. Hreggvidsson, Gudmundur H. Gunnarsson, Sigridur Hjorleifsdottir

Version: ICES Journal of Marine Science

Publication year: 2011


Stock structure of Norway lobster off southern Iceland was investigated using 12 microsatellite loci. No genetic method detected significant genetic differentiation among the sampled locations, even among Icelandic samples and an out-group from Scotland. Testing the power of resolution of microsatellite loci, the loci and sample sizes used were sufficient to detect significant genetic differentiation with confidence. The lack of genetic structure is discussed in terms of the level of gene flow, recent isolation of populations, and the statistical power of the experimental design.

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