Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) are among the most highly valued and widely
available aquaculture species. They are also among the most critically endangered wild
fishes in their native ranges. They are the subjects of numerous studies ranging from
practical management and intensive aquaculture production to some of the most
important investigations of behavior and genetics of any vertebrates. Those studies have
provided a comprehensive background for testing critical hypotheses on life history and
evolution at both proximate and ultimate levels. As a result we have detailed models for
the effects of single genes on behavior and other aspects of the biology of salmon,
including growth, sexual maturation and morphology. The complex life histories of
salmon, with dramatic changes between freshwater and marine habitats, extensive
migration behavior and extreme diversification of locally adapted populations continue to
be productive subjects for studies of the relationships between genetics and behavior.
Those studies of basic science are often guided by important questions from conservation
and management, and in turn provide can yield the information that is needed by fishery
managers responsible for decisions on these important species.

Noakes, David L. G.
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Detailed models for the effects of single genes on behavior and other aspects of the biology of salmon.
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Entry Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
28 pages
Size and Format: 
8.5 x 11, online
New York, NY: Nova Publishers
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