AFSC/ABL: Juvenile rockfish DNA species identification

Metadata Updated: February 1, 2017

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 May 18, 2016
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date February 1, 2017
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2007 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date May 18, 2016
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date February 1, 2017
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2007 (publication)
Responsible Party Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Point of Contact)
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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
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Harvest Object Id 003321e3-0280-4264-a72e-aa86ad84bf12
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1998
Temporal Extent End 2002

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