Application of genomics to assess the impact of harvest and other mortality sources on vulnerable populations of North Atlantic murre


Funding period: 2016-2019
Lead: Greg Robertson
Total GRDI funding: $60,272

Murres are a common seabird breeding throughout the northern hemisphere, and face many pressures from human activities, including legal harvests in Canada and Greenland. Many, but not all, breeding colonies across the North Atlantic are declining, so understanding if certain populations are preferentially affected by hunting is required to ensure harvest levels are sustainable. We use generation DNA sequencing to identify the source colonies of harvested murres from both Canada and Greenland. Our results will directly inform, and if necessary adjust, harvesting practices in both countries to avoid placing undue pressure on declining populations.

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Genomics R&D Initiative