Genetics in support of fisheries and aquaculture management

17-19 September 2019

Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)

University of Algarve, Portugal


This course will introduce participants to principles and practical application of genetics in fisheries and aquaculture including relevant evolutionary, quantitative- and population genetic theory. The course introduces a range of genetic and genomic tools that underpin management of aquatic natural resources, and how such approaches complement other management tools, together with a critical valuation of costs and benefits. We provide case studies that illustrate how genetics can help to address existing management and policy needs from capture and aquaculture fisheries. 

Emphasis on the practical implication of technologies and theory will underpin course design and delivery. Three key components encapsulate course design: theory, to familiarise students with salient evolutionary and genetic principles, application, to demonstrate design and impact of genetic and genomic tools, and strategy, to promote application and uptake in management and conservation.  Students will attain an understanding of genetic concepts and methods with emphasis on population genetic and genomic aspects. They will identify and formulate salient management-relevant questions that are amenable to such tools, in combination with complementary approaches such as population modelling, risk assessment and oceanography.

The attendees will be able to handle illustrative datasets to perform statistical analysis, depending on their level of knowledge and interests.


The course is designed to target a broad community, including those with some experience in genetics/genomics, as well as those who are less familiar. Importantly, the training strategy will be highly interactive, thereby benefiting from a diversity of experience and expertise. 

We aim at people with a keen interest in how and when to apply evolutionary and genetic principles and tools to management issues, within the context of sustainability. We target students, fisheries/aquaculture scientists, fisheries/aquaculture managers and stakeholders involved in fisheries genetics and those more directly engaged in aquaculture management and policy decision-making.

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