Angelshark genetic conservation study

Angelshark genetic conservation study – ElasmoCanThe preliminary results of the first genetic study of the angelshark Squatina squatina were presented in different international conferences related to research in sharks and rays during 2016.

Part of the tissue sample bank from ElasmoCan was analysed by scientists from the Save Our Seas Shark Research Center and Nova Southeastern University.

A Genetic Exploration in a Last Refuge: The Common Angelshark (Squatina squatina) in the Canary Islands

The results of the mitochondrial DNA indicated a very low genetic diversity in the individuals from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. In future , we will carry out genetic studies that will include samples from other islands in the Archipelago and regions outside the Canary Islands. This will allow us to understand the population dynamics from the angelsharks and as such to help in their conservation.

 

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Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment from the Canarian GovernmentMinistry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Food & Environment (MAPAMA) With the authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Food & Environment, and with knowledge from the Canarian Government.

 

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