This DNA sequence of black marlin is one of the tools being used by Samuel Williams to determine the number of breeding populations of this iconic recreational species in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. The publication is a major achievement for Sam, who is completing his honours year at the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory. Read more about this project here.
MFL members were pleased to meet with Professor Wei-Chuan Chiang (Fisheries Research Institute, Chenggong Township, Taiwan) during his visit to the University of Queensland today. Professor Chiang (PhD) sponsored Samuel Williams' recent field trip to Taiwan to collect samples for Project Black Marlin.
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Here is an incredible educational film-clip by fisher Ben Bright demonstrating how to take a fin clip from a small black marlin safely and unassisted. Fin-clips like this are being used for genetic analysis by post-graduate student Sam Williams. Learn more about the Black Marlin project here. The project is a partnership between the Game Fishing Association of Queensland and the Game Fishing Association of Australia and The University of Queensland.
For the Black Marlin project, postgraduate student Sam Williams and Dr. Julian Pepperell (University of Queensland Adjunct Scientist) travelled to the 5th International Billfish Symposium in Taiwan. The symposium was hosted by the University of Taipei and featured many exciting outcomes for both billfish research and fisheries science. Sam presented a poster on his project to investigate the population structure of black marlin within Australian waters, and Julian gave a key note talk entitled "Forty Years of Conventional Billfish Tagging: Successes, Failures and Lessons". After the conference, Sam and Julian travelled to the fishing village of Chenggong, which hosts an annual billfish festival. They were hosted by researchers at Taiwan Eastern Marine Biology Research Center. Sam was able to make the most of this opportunity by collecting black marlin tissue samples that will be valuable in future research into population structure of the species worldwide.
The fishing season for black marlin has begun on the east Australian coast. The black marlin research project needs new tissue samples from freshly-caught fish. Read about the project here. For information about the survival of marlin that are caught and released and tissue sampling program, download the Black Marlin Bulletin for Sept 2013.