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Harnessing the Power of Genomics to Secure the Future of Seafood
- Bernatchez, Louis, Wellenreuther, Maren, Araneda, Cristián, Ashton, David T., Barth, Julia M.I., Beacham, Terry D., Maes, Gregory E., Martinsohn, Jann T., Miller, Kristina M., Naish, Kerry A., Ovenden, Jennifer R., Primmer, Craig R., Young Suk, Ho, Therkildsen, Nina O., Withler, Ruth E.
- Trends in ecology & evolution 2017 v.32 no.9 pp. 665-680
- aquaculture, biosecurity, fisheries management, genomics, human nutrition, seafoods
- Best use of scientific knowledge is required to maintain the fundamental role of seafood in human nutrition. While it is acknowledged that genomic-based methods allow the collection of powerful data, their value to inform fisheries management, aquaculture, and biosecurity applications remains underestimated. We review genomic applications of relevance to the sustainable management of seafood resources, illustrate the benefits of, and identify barriers to their integration. We conclude that the value of genomic information towards securing the future of seafood does not need to be further demonstrated. Instead, we need immediate efforts to remove structural roadblocks and focus on ways that support integration of genomic-informed methods into management and production practices. We propose solutions to pave the way forward.