MEPS 282:245-252 (2004)  -  doi:10.3354/meps282245

Population structure of albacore Thunnus alalunga inferred from blood groups and tag-recapture analyses

Haritz Arrizabalaga1,*, Eduardo Costas2, Javier Juste3, Alberto González-Garcés4, Blanca Nieto2, Victoria López-Rodas2

1AZTI Fundazioa, Herrera Kaia Portualdea z/g, 20110 Pasaia (Gipuzkoa), Spain 2Genética, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense, Avenida Puerta de Hierro s/n, 28080 Madrid, Spain 3CSIC, Estación biológica Doñana, Avenida Mª Luisa s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain 4IEO, Cabo Estay, Canido, Apdo 1552, Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain

ABSTRACT: Samples of albacore Thunnus alalunga from 6 locations worldwide were used for blood group analysis according to the binding patterns of 8 different lectins. Conventional tag recapture data was reviewed and a spatially structured tag attrition model was fitted to data from the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Blood group analyses suggest that: (1) the Pacific population is the most distant from the others, (2) the Indian and the South Atlantic populations are proximate, (3) the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Guinea populations are proximate, (4) the Gulf of Guinea and the North Atlantic are distant from South Atlantic, and (5) the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic populations are distant. Migration rates between the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean obtained from the tag attrition model were low and thus, consistent with genetic results.


KEY WORDS: Thunnus alalunga · Population structure · Blood group · Lectin · Tag recapture · Migration rate


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