The international effort to prevent the collapse of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT, Thunnus thynnus, Scombridae) stocks exemplifies the challenges associated with modern marine resource conservation. Rampant mismanagement, under-reporting and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing led to decades of over-exploitation in the BFT fishery. Surveys of larval abundance in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea have been used as a proxy for both spawning biomass and recruitment by researchers working to improve estimates of stock abundance. Recent genetic barcoding studies have revealed that species identification errors are common among larvae surveys that use morphology-based taxonomy alone. Misidentification of larvae can lead to uncertainty about the spatial distribution of a species, confusion over life history traits and population dynamics, and potentially disguise the collapse or recovery of localized spawning sites. In an effort to identify the source of these errors, we review several weaknesses in modern morphology-based taxonomy including demographic decline of expert taxonomists, flawed identification keys, reluctance of the taxonomic community to embrace advances in digital communications and a general scarcity of modern user-friendly materials. Recent advances in molecular techniques useful for specimen identification and population studies are discussed at length. We advocate a more constructive integration of morphology-based taxonomy and barcoding in order to add confidence to larval surveys and to strengthen associated fisheries management.
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 6, 2015
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera
Read and print from thousands of top scholarly journals.
Bookmark this article. You can see your Bookmarks on your DeepDyve Library.
ok to continue