Indian mackerel genetics workshop

17 February - 18 February, 2015 at Phuket, Thailand
The Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project has an important programme of work aiming at the Indian mackerel stock assessment and management in the Bay of Bengal region. An Indian Mackerel Working Group formed in 2011, comprising members from the BOBLME countries, made considerable progress towards the development of the first ever region wide stock discrimination analysis for Indian mackerel, and at the same time contributing to the refinement of national assessments.
In 2012 the first genetics meeting was held to review the current knowledge of Indian mackerel genetic stock structure in the Bay of Bengal region. The Working Group Meeting on Assessing Stock Structure of Indian Mackerel (Rastrelliger kanagurta) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 28-29, 2012). At this meeting all countries agreed to initiate sampling of Indian mackerel, and preparations were made in those countries with laboratory facilities for detailed analysis of the stock structure of Indian mackerel. At this meeting it was decided that a regional training and standardisation workshop was needed. The Indian Mackerel Genetics Harmonisation Training Workshop was held on 20 to 27 August 2013 at the genetics lab in the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) Regional Research Station, Kochi, Kerala, India, located at the campus of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. This training workshop allowed regional genetic laboratories to use a standard set of genetic markers to analyse local R. kanagurta samples.
Currently, as the country laboratories are completing the laboratory portion of the analysis, the BOBLME project will be holding the Indian Mackerel Genetic Data Analysis Workshop to bring together geneticists for the evaluation and analysis of the data which has been obtained by all the laboratories. The analytical workshop is planned for February 17-18, 2015 in Phuket, Thailand.
The analytical workshop is to cover the following:
  • Review R. kanagurta genetic sample collection coverage of the Bay of Bengal region and beyond.
  • Laboratory reporting for DNA extraction and microsatellite amplification.
  • Evaluation of allele calling and standardisation of data.
  • Application of various quantitative genetic techniques to evaluate R. kanagurta data.
  • Determine scope and format for reporting and publication of the data.
  • Suggestions for further collaboration among country laboratories.
  • Provide genetics experts’ advice as input for management of the mackerel resources.


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Meeting Reports