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Keywords:

  • aquaculture;
  • conservation;
  • fishery;
  • genetic improvement;
  • Maccullochella peelii peelii;
  • microsatellite

Abstract

Murray cod is a species of conservation concern that is subject both to wild harvest and to aquaculture production. Six polymorphic microsatellite loci have been developed for this species, which will facilitate studies of wild-stock structure, will help the management of hatchery diversity, and will aid genetic improvement programmes. The markers exhibited nonindependence of genotypes between loci and deviations from Hardy–Weinberg expectations, although these most probably reflect practices at the hatchery from which the genotyped individuals were sourced.