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Management and conservation of genetic biodiversity

Photo: Le Carlsson/AzotePhoto: Le Carlsson/Azote

Human use of the marine environment affects biodiversity on all levels, including the genetic level. Thus, considering the genetics should be part of an informed management.

Here, we list some management situations and discuss consequences for genetic biodiversity. We also provide some general recommendations.

Mapping and monitoring

Fisheries management

Habitat quality assessment



Marine spatial planning and MPA:s 

Threatened species

Management units

Species are structured into populations that are more or less genetically separated and unique. This structure is important information for management.


How to get the data?

Conservation management of genetic diversity requires knowledge on the genetic composition of the species in question. A fist step is to collect samples from the field.


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