Estimating fish population abundance by integrating quantitative data on environmental DNA and hydrodynamic modelling

Keiichi Fukaya, Hiroaki Murakami, Seokjin Yoon, Kenji Minami, Yutaka Osada, Satoshi Yamamoto, Reiji Masuda, Akihide Kasai, Kazushi Miyashita, Toshifumi Minamoto, Michio Kondoh

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Abstract

We propose a general framework of abundance estimation based on spatially replicated quantitative measurements of environmental DNA in which production, transport, and degradation of DNA are explicitly accounted for. Application to a Japanese jack mackerel (Trachurus japonicus) population in Maizuru Bay revealed that the method gives an estimate of population abundance comparable to that of a quantitative echo sounder method. These findings indicate the ability of environmental DNA to reliably reflect population abundance of aquatic macroorganisms and may offer a new avenue for population monitoring based on the fast, cost-effective, and non-invasive sampling of genetic information.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
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Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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