AFSC/ABL: Juvenile rockfish DNA species identification

Metadata Updated: April 21, 2022

Many pelagic juvenile rockfish (Sebastes) were collected in juvenile salmonid surveys in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) from 1998 to 2002. Often species identification of rockfish is difficult or impossible at this stage of development (20 to 40 mm), and the juveniles of only a few species indigenous to Alaska waters have been described. These collections are samples of the first large aggregations observed in GOA waters and provided an opportunity to document the occurrence of several species of rockfish. Using mtDNA markers developed to identify rockfish species, we were able to identify unequivocally four species (Sebastes alutus, S. aleutianus, S. borealis, S. reedi) from subsamples of the collections. Other individuals were assigned to groups of two or three species. Using morphological data alone, we identified S. boreaslis, S. crameri, and S. reedi. The other species were initially indistinguishable by their morphology from S. alutus. The combined genetic and morphological data successfully resolved the other species as S. entomelas and probably s. ciliatus/variabilis, although S. polyspinis cannot be ruled out. In addition to documenting the presence of these species in the GOA, the results provide useful information for identifying pelagic juvenile rockfishes in surveys targeting this early life history stage.

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Metadata Date March 29, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 21, 2022
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2007 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date March 29, 2022
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 21, 2022
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2007 (publication)
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Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:17252
Access Constraints Cite As: Alaska Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: AFSC/ABL: Juvenile rockfish DNA species identification [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: There are no legal restrictions on access to the data. They reside in public domain and can be freely distributed. | Use Constraints: User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Data should not be used beyond the limits of the source scale. Acknowledgement of NOAA, as the source from which these data were obtained, in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested.
Bbox East Long -135.7
Bbox North Lat 58.5
Bbox South Lat 55.8
Bbox West Long -151.2
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Harvest Object Id 13621586-8788-4144-b0cc-653e357f3e5c
Harvest Source Id 26a29bb9-50b0-47fd-920b-edc74aa6ec76
Harvest Source Title NMFS AFSC
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Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1998
Temporal Extent End 2002

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