Sturgeon distribution genetics in DDBR marine

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Last Updated June 12, 2018, 14:18 (Europe/Berlin)
Created September 13, 2017, 10:04 (Europe/Berlin)
Language Eng
Abstract The NW Black Sea basin supports sympatric populations of beluga (Huso huso), stellate sturgeon (Acipenser stellatus) and Russian sturgeon (A. gueldenstadetii). These ecologically similar fish exhibit varying life strategies during their extended juvenile period and appear to overlap at some stages within the marine coastal waters. The aim of the study was to assess the distribution and genetic diversity of sturgeons feeding in the Black Sea coastal area of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) during 2012. A total number of 76 sturgeons (70 stellate, 5 beluga and 1 Russian sturgeon) were captured during three fishing expeditions along the Romanian Black Sea coast of the DDBR using two fishing methods: active (pelagic trawling) and passive fishing (bottom set trammel nets). A high number of stellate sturgeons were captured in Sahalin and Zatoane areas highlighting their importance as feeding sites for all life stages of this species. Capturing of only 5 beluga sturgeon specimens suggested that coastal waters are less important feeding areas for this species. Genetic diversity of stellate and beluga sturgeons was assessed by PCR-RFLP of mtDNA D-loop region. Six out of ten composite haplotypes were detected in stellate sturgeons and two composite haplotypes in beluga sturgeons. Further studies on the dynamics of sturgeon population, on behavioural and ecological factors influencing the seasonal distribution are a prerequisite for improved management and sustainable use of these resources of the Black Sea.
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License Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Classification Biota
Creation date 2013-01-29
Publication date 2013-12-10
Last revision date 2013-06-28
INSPIRE theme Species distribution
Free keywords Biota, Species distribution, Sturgeons, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Black Sea, Romania
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Temporal start date 2012-04-02
Temporal end date 2013-06-28
Lineage The work is based on the data gathered during field-investigations carried out in April - September 2012 period, respectively on the results of the analyses of historical data.
Responsible party Organisation: Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Developent
Role: Author
Limitations on public use No limitations
Spatial extent - North 50.24
Spatial extent - South 42.08
Spatial extent - East 29.76
Spatial extent - West 8.15

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Political boundaries: GAUL 2015, © FAO Statistics Division.