This summer I interned at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA and participated in NOAA’s Salish Sea Project. The Salish Sea Project’s goal is to identify genetically distinctive groups of species in the Salish Sea that may have unique evolutionary and/or adaptive backgrounds. These findings will allow NOAA to promote and monitor the natural production of species in the Salish Sea, to select representative populations for experimental work regarding pollution, ocean acidification and climate change, to contribute to managing the ecosystem for intra- and inter-species diversity, and to help make informed decisions about adaptive management and marine protected areas (MPA). Our focus for the summer was English Sole (Parophrys vetulus). We performed microsatellite analysis on 480 individuals over ten populations and used factoid correspondence analysis to summarize the variation across five loci. Significant differences were seen among only three of the ten populations. These results are preliminary; up to fifteen loci should be analyzed before a conclusion is reached on the genetic variability of these populations. We would also like to include English Sole populations north of the Strait of Georgia, and along the Oregon coast.


Aquaculture and Fisheries | Biodiversity | Evolution | Genetics | Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Marine Biology | Molecular Genetics | Population Biology | Science and Mathematics Education


Gary A. Winans

Lab site

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA NWFSC)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation or the National Science Foundation. This project has also been made possible with support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The STAR program is administered by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) on behalf of the California State University (CSU).



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