The novel application of non-lethal citizen science tissue sampling in recreational fisheries

Williams, Samuel M., Holmes, Bonnie J. and Pepperell, Julian G. (2015) The novel application of non-lethal citizen science tissue sampling in recreational fisheries. PLoS One, 10 9: 1-9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135743

Author Williams, Samuel M.
Holmes, Bonnie J.
Pepperell, Julian G.
Title The novel application of non-lethal citizen science tissue sampling in recreational fisheries
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0135743
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 9
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Increasing fishing pressure and uncertainty surrounding recreational fishing catch and effort data promoted the development of alternative methods for conducting fisheries research. A pilot investigation was undertaken to engage the Australian game fishing community and promote the non-lethal collection of tissue samples from the black marlin Istiompax indica, a valuable recreational-only species in Australian waters, for the purpose of future genetic research. Recruitment of recreational anglers was achieved by publicizing the project in magazines, local newspapers, social media, blogs, websites and direct communication workshops at game fishing tournaments. The Game Fishing Association of Australia and the Queensland Game Fishing Association were also engaged to advertise the project and recruit participants with a focus on those anglers already involved in the tag-and-release of marlin. Participants of the program took small tissue samples using non-lethal methods which were stored for future genetic analysis. The program resulted in 165 samples from 49 participants across the known distribution of I. indica within Australian waters which was a sufficient number to facilitate a downstream population genetic analysis. The project demonstrated the potential for the development of citizen science sampling programs to collect tissue samples using non-lethal methods in order to achieve targeted research objects in recreationally caught species.
Keyword Mercury concentrations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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