Genetics and Queensland sharks

Jess and Jenny updated fisheries stock assessment modellers (George from the Queensland Government; Peter from CARM at UQ) about the spatial extent of populations of commercially harvested shark species in Queensland.

Genetic information will guide the extent of the models along the Queensland coast. For example milkshark are likely to be a single population, but blacktip sharks may be two populations. The mathematical models will be used by fisheries managers to ensure shark catches remain at sustainable levels.

L – R George Leigh, Jenny Ovenden, Jess Morgan and Peter Baxter.