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Egg and larval DNA barcoding support Gulf reef fish stock assessments

Implementing Organization

University of South Florida


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program


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Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

Reef fish stock management in the Gulf of Mexico requires rapid, complete and accurate stock assessments to inform quotas by all fishing sectors. Management of similar species in other regions uses daily egg production method (DEPM) data for reef fish assessments. The method is not widely employed in the US, in part because it relies on identification of planktonic fish eggs, which is costly and difficult. The project PIs recently developed a rapid and reliable DNA barcoding approach for identifying large numbers of individual fish eggs. This project will collect and barcode fish eggs to describe spawning locations for important fish species, and better define their Essential Fish Habitat.


Peebles, Ernst
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Location is center of study area from La to S. FL

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