Detecting fisheries-induced life-history evolution: An overview of the reaction-norm approach

Heino, M. ORCID: & Dieckmann, U. ORCID: (2008). Detecting fisheries-induced life-history evolution: An overview of the reaction-norm approach. Bulletin of Marine Science 83 (1) 69-93.

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Life-history theory unequivocally suggests that fishing acts as a powerful driver of life-history evolution in exploited fish populations. Because life-history traits are closely linked to the dynamics and productivity of fish populations, understanding and documenting the extent to which this expectation is borne out in reality is both scientifically and practically important. The primary empirical challenges are twofold: observing phenotypic change does not imply genetic change as life-history traits are phenotypically plastic, and fishing is but one potential driver of contemporary evolution. Here we focus on the first challenge by describing how to work toward disentangling genetic and plastic effects in the absence of genetic data. In particular, we explain how the consideration of maturation reaction norms helps to disentangle genetic and plastic changes in age and size at maturation. We first outline the logic and limitations of the maturation reaction-norm approach. We then review the most important statistical methods available for estimating maturation reaction norms from empirical data. For each of these methods, we discuss its domain of applicability together with its strengths and weaknesses.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Bibliographic Reference: Bulletin of Marine Science; 83(1):69-93 (July 2008)
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