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A Review of Genetic Evaluation Tools for Conservation and Management of North American Sturgeons: Roles, Benefits, and Limitations

May 7, 2011


This paper summarizes one component of a sturgeon conservation genetics workshop held in conjunction with the Third Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society from 31 August through 3 September, 2010, at Chico Springs, Montana, USA. The purpose of this portion of the workshop was to foster interdisciplinary communication, help characterize sturgeon conservation and management issues and challenges, and provide the context and rationale for selecting and employing appropriate genetic investigations for sturgeon programs. Specifically, this paper: (i) provides some guiding principles for sturgeon managers and conservationists considering genetic investigations; (ii) provides a general overview of relevant analytical genetic metrics and techniques, including complications from polyploidy; and (iii) provides several examples of sturgeon conservation and management programs currently using genetic analyses for various purposes.


Paul Anders, Andrea Drauch-Schreier, Jeff Rodzen, Madison Powell, Shawn Narum, and James Crossman


Anders, P. J., A. Drauch-Schreier, J. Rodzen, M. S. Powell, S. Narum, and J. A. Crossman. 2011. A review of genetic evaluation tools for conservation and management of North American sturgeons: roles, benefits, and limitations. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27 (Suppl. 2):3-11. Online at



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