Project: Black Marlin

First genetic step for Black Marlin project completed

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.  
By : Jenny Ovenden /April 03, 2014 /Latest News /Comments Off on First genetic step for Black Marlin project completed Read More

Taiwanese billfish biologist visits MFL

Billfish_BiologistMFL 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.  
By : Jenny Ovenden /February 19, 2014 /Latest News /Comments Off on Taiwanese billfish biologist visits MFL Read More

Game fishers in Australia ………. big thank-you for samples for Project: Black Marlin

Sam_lab_131017Thirty-eight game fishers have contributed 91 fin clips to Project: Black Marlin Samuel Williams is working hard in the laboratory to complete the genetic analyses. The latest newsletter is available here: January 2014 Black Marlin Bulletin  
By : Jenny Ovenden /February 06, 2014 /Latest News /Comments Off on Game fishers in Australia ………. big thank-you for samples for Project: Black Marlin Read More

Incredible video of how to take a fin-clip from a black marlin

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWtLHZXnNa4      
By : Jenny Ovenden /December 10, 2013 /Latest News /Comments Off on Incredible video of how to take a fin-clip from a black marlin Read More

Black Marlin sampling in Taiwan

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". Marlin_marketAfter 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.
By : Jenny Ovenden /November 18, 2013 /Latest News /Comments Off on Black Marlin sampling in Taiwan Read More

Attention anglers – black marlin tissue samples (fin-clips) needed

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.  
By : Jenny Ovenden /October 04, 2013 /Latest News /Comments Off on Attention anglers – black marlin tissue samples (fin-clips) needed Read More