Gemfish populations sampled in winter 2014

Gemfish samplesThanks 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 from the East coast fishery were received to confirm the distinction between this location and the Great Australian Bight fishery.

The coming summer represents the last opportunity to obtain samples for genetic analysis of breeding populations in the Bight. The identification breeding populations relies on members of GABIA (Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Associations) and other organisations to actively participate in the sampling program. Contact Andy Moore (project leader) for more information. Email him on