Tag Archives: Western Gemfish Project

Andy Moore visits MFL

Andy Moore (Molecular Fisheries Laboratory Associate) visited UQ today for talks with Jenny. Andy is based at the Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics and Sciences in Canberra. He works on a range of topics including quantitative stock assessments, fisheries status reporting, genetics, and recreational fishing surveys. Andy is currently primary investigator on a national […]

Australian gemfish samples to help understand taxonomy of the group

Gemfish in Australia are a single species, Rexea solandri (pictured). Given the vast size of Australia’s southern coastline and the high biodiversity among other bony fish, it is unusual that there is only one species in Australia. Colleagues at Stellenbosch University in South Africa are undertaking a study of the family Gempylidae, to which the Australian […]

Andy Moore discusses outcomes of Gemfish project at UQ

Andy Moore from ABARES (Canberra) visited MFL last week. Jenny and Andy worked together on the draft final report for the Gemfish project. They also worked on their presentation at the World Fisheries Congress, and discusses a range of problems facing Australian fisheries managers. Photo shows Andy (right) and Jenny (centre) after meeting with Dean Blower […]

Gemfish project featured at the World Fisheries Congress in Korea

Genetic analysis of the Gemfish south of Australia has been a major focus of work underway in the laboratory for several years. Details of the project will be discussed in a talk as part of the World Fisheries Congress in Korea in May 2016. The authors of the talk (Jenny Ovenden and Andy Moore) will argue that the […]

What do the genetic results reveal about western gemfish populations?

Andy Moore is visiting MFL this week to discuss outcomes of gemfish project. The project is addressing knowledge gaps about this important Australian fisheries resource. Andy, Jenny and Carlos are discussing new genetic information about gemfish populations from the project, and its significance for the sustainable management of the stocks in future. (left: Andy Moore, right: […]

Gemfish from Australia – how similar to other species?

In project Gemfish, we are using newly-developed genetic markers to determine the number of fisheries stocks in southern Australia. Its standard practice to test the new genetic markers on related species. In most studies this helps to identify the wrong samples. But, this is not an issue for this study as there is only one gemfish (Rexea […]

Spawning gemfish found in Great Australian Bight

Raptis & Sons P/L have found spawning gemfish in the Great Australian Bight. These fish will be important additions to the samples already taken for the Gemfish Project. Genetic and other analyses will determine if they represent the core of a separate stock in southern Australia. Thanks to Jim Raptis, Stu Bell  and AFMA observer Jarrad James […]

Do you know your gemfish?

The final sampling program for the gemfish project is due to start soon. Our objective is to understand the number of fisheries stocks in the Great Australian Bight. The 2014/15 summer sampling program will be the last opportunity to include samples in this project. If you know where gemfish are spawning and can give us a hand getting […]

Gemfish populations sampled in winter 2014

Thanks to Russell Hudson and Fishwell Consulting, the lab has received another batch of tissue samples for the gemfish project. The 233 tubes containing small pieces of fin have been labelled and stored at – 20 C in the laboratory. Important locations in eastern Great Australian Bight were sampled adjacent to Robe and Portsea. In addition, samples […]