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Genetic consequences of fisheries and fisheries management

Report from a multi-disciplinary workshop in Rönne, Bornholm, 25–26 October 2006

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This report summarizes talks, discussions and conclusions from a multi-disciplinary workshop on genetic consequences of fisheries and fisheries management held in Rönne, Bornholm in October 2006. The workshop was intended for fishermen, scientists, decision makers, managers and other stakeholders from the Nordic countries. The main objectives were to improve communication between parties involved in fisheries management present current knowledge regarding genetic consequences of fisheries, and highlight the importance of including genetic/biological data in the management of exploited fish species agree upon recommendations on how genetic considerations could be implemented in management and decision making processes.

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Genetic effects of fish releases

The practice of releasing (stocking) fish into the wild is common in the management and conservation of a number of fish species. Releases are performed for different purposes, the most important being to increase the yield for commercial and recreational fisheries, to support endangered wild populations at risk of extinction or to reintroduce populations that have become extinct. There is a general concern, however, that releases of fish into the wild may constitute a threat to the genetic and ecological integrity of wild populations, and several guidelines on this subject have been produced.

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