Deirdre Cotter

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The high level of escapes from Atlantic salmon farms, up to two million fishes per year in the North Atlantic, has raised concern about the potential impact on wild populations. We report on a two-generation experiment examining the estimated lifetime successes, relative to wild natives, of farm, F(1) and F(2) hybrids and BC(1) backcrosses to wild and farm(More)
The male Atlantic salmon generally matures in fresh water upon returning after one or several years at sea. Some fast-growing male parr develop an alternative life strategy where they sexually mature before migrating to the oceans. These so called 'precocious' parr or 'sneakers' can successfully fertilise adult female eggs and so perpetuate their line. We(More)
Abstract If an objective swallowing assessment reveals that a particular patient is at risk of aspirating liquids into the trachea while drinking, speech and language therapists may prescribe a commercial “thickening agent” to mix into their drinks. If used correctly, these can help to reduce the risk of aspiration. This study compared the palatability of(More)
Fiftyfour thousand diploid and triploid Atlantic salmon were tagged with coded-wire micro-tags and released to the sea as smolts from two freshwater sites in Ireland in 1996 and 1997. Over 36,000 were mixed-sex groups in which the triploids (MS3N) were treated batches and the diploids (MS2N) were untreated batches of a single group of fertilized eggs at(More)
Understanding the extent, scale and genetic basis of local adaptation (LA) is important for conservation and management. Its relevance in salmonids at microgeographic scales, where dispersal (and hence potential gene flow) can be substantial, has however been questioned. Here, we compare the fitness of communally reared offspring of local and foreign(More)
The impact of escaped farmed salmon on wild populations may have potentially negative genetic and ecological effects. There is widespread evidence that farmed salmon interact with wild salmon. The use of sterile fish in culture has been proposed as a means of eliminating genetic interaction and minimising the ecological effect of farmed salmon. In this(More)
Interspecific hybridization between Atlantic salmon and brown trout is well documented, but why it should vary so much among populations is not clear. Determining the maternal origin of hybrids can provide insights into the mechanisms underlying interspecific hybridization, but this information is lacking in many studies. Here we present a species-specific(More)
Pedigree reconstruction using genetic analysis provides a useful means to estimate fundamental population biology parameters relating to population demography, trait heritability and individual fitness when combined with other sources of data. However, there remain limitations to pedigree reconstruction in wild populations, particularly in systems where(More)
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