Stock Identification Methods, 2nd Edition

Applications in Fishery Science

Stock Identification Methods, 2nd Edition,Steven Cadrin,Lisa A. Kerr,Stefano Mariani,ISBN9780123970039

Cadrin   &   Kerr   &   Mariani   

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Key Features

* Describes 18 distinct approaches to stock identification grouped into sections on life history traits, environmental signals, genetic analyses, and applied marks
* Features experts' reviews of benchmark case studies, general protocols, and the strengths and weaknesses of each identification method
* Reviews statistical techniques for exploring stock patterns, testing for differences among putative stocks, stock discrimination, and stock composition analysis
* Focuses on the challenges of interpreting data and managing mixed-stock fisheries


Stock Identification Methods, 2e, continues to provide a comprehensive review of the various disciplines used to study the population structure of fishery resources. It represents the worldwide experience and perspectives of experts on each method, assembled through a working group of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. The book is organized to foster interdisciplinary analyses and conclusions about stock structure, a crucial topic for fishery science and management.

Technological advances have promoted the development of stock identification methods in many directions, resulting in a confusing variety of approaches. Based on central tenets of population biology and management needs, this valuable resource offers a unified framework for understanding stock structure by promoting an understanding of the relative merits and sensitivities of each approach.


Fishery scientists and managers; students studying fish biology and related aquatic sciences.

Steven Cadrin

Affiliations and Expertise

Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Lisa A. Kerr

Lisa Kerr is a fisheries ecologist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (Portland, ME). Lisa is broadly interested in understanding the structure and dynamics of fish populations, with the goal of enhancing our ability to sustainably manage fisheries and ecosystems as a whole. She is particularly motivated to identify complex stock structure and understand the role it plays in the stability and resilience of local and regional populations. Lisa employs a diverse skill set to address critical ecological questions related to population structure that are also directly applicable to fisheries management. Her expertise includes structural analysis of fish hard parts (e.g. otoliths, vertebrae) and the application of the chemical methods (stable isotope, radioisotope, and trace element analysis) to these structures. She also uses mathematical modeling as a tool to understand how biocomplexity within fish stocks (e.g., spatial structure, connectivity, life cycle diversity) impacts their response to natural climatic oscillations, climate change, fishing, and management measures.

Affiliations and Expertise

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME, USA

Stefano Mariani

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, UK

Stock Identification Methods, 2nd Edition

Foreword - Michael Sinclair


1. Stock Identification Methods: An Overview

Steven X. Cadrin, Lisa A. Kerr and Stefano Mariani

2. The Unit Stock Concept: Bounded Fish and Fisheries

Dave Secor

3. Fishery Management Strategies for Addressing Complex Spatial Structure in Marine Fish Stocks

Jacob P. Kritzer and Owen R. Liu

Geographic Variation

Life History Traits

4. Quantitative Traits

Mikko Heino

5. The continuing role of life history parameters to identify stock structure

Richard S. McBride


6. Morphometric Landmarks

Steven X. Cadrin

7. Morphometric Outlines

Christoph Stransky

8. Analysis of growth marks in calcified structures: insights into stock structure and migration pathways

Deirdre Brophy

9. Meristics

Peter D. Chase

Environmental Signals

10. Parasites as Biological Tags

Ken Mackenzie and Pablo Abaunza

11. Chemical Composition of Fish Hard Parts as a Natural Marker of Fish Stocks

Lisa A. Kerr and Steven E. Campana

12. Fatty Acid Profiles as Natural Marks for Stock Identification

Otto Grahl-Nielsen

Genetic Analyses

13. Application of Mitochondrial DNA in Stock Identification

Aglaia Antoniou & Antonios Magoulas

14. The Nuclear Genome: Neutral and Adaptive Markers in Fisheries Science

Stefano Mariani and Dorte Bekkevold

Movement and Mixing

15. The use of early life stages in stock identification studies

Jonathan A. Hare and David E. Richardson

16. Conventional and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags

David A. Hall

17. Acoustic and Radio Telemetry

Greg DeCelles and Doug Zemeckis

18. Estimation of Movement from Tagging Data

Carl James Schwarz

19. Telemetry Analysis of Highly Migratory Species

Benjamin Galuardi and Chi Hin (Tim) Lam

Interdisciplinary Analyses

20. Sampling for Interdisiplinary Analysis

Pablo Abaunza, A.G. Murta and Christoph Stransky

21. Simulation Modeling as a Tool for Synthesis of Stock Identification Information

Lisa A. Kerr and Daniel R. Goethel

22. Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Spatial Population Structure for Definition of Fishery Management Units

Steven X. Cadrin, Lisa A. Kerr and Stefano Mariani

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