Conservation genetics without knowing what to conserve: the case of the Baltic harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena
2008 (English)In: Oryx, ISSN 0030-6053, E-ISSN 1365-3008, Vol. 42, no 2, 305-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Effective conservation requires that arguments for identifying units for preservation and management are based on scientifically sound information. There is a strong conservation concern for the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena of the Baltic Sea. This concern rests on the assumption that these porpoises represent a genetically distinct population reproductively separated from adjacent populations to the west. We argue that current scientific support for this claim is weak and to a large degree speculative. Current management of Baltic harbour porpoises as a genetically separate conservation unit is premature and we urge that high priority be given towards resolving this issue.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 42, no 2, 305-308 p.
Baltic Sea, management units, marine environment, Phocoena phocoena, spatial genetic structure
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-14716DOI: 10.1017/S0030605308006960ISI: 000256127900025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-14716DiVA: diva2:181236