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Population of origin of Atlantic cod


Most of the world's cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries are now tightly regulated or closed altogether. Being able to link individual fish to their population of origin would assist enormously in policing regulations and in identifying poachers. Here we show that microsatellite genetic markers can be used to assign individual cod from three different populations in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean to their population of origin.

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Nielsen, E., Hansen, M., Schmidt, C. et al. Population of origin of Atlantic cod. Nature 413, 272 (2001).

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