Inbreeding and effective population size in a coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) breeding nucleus in Chile

A commercial breeding nucleus of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) was established in Chile in 1997. This nucleus consists of two independent populations corresponding to different year-classes (even and odd, depending on the spawning year), which have been successfully selected for harvest weight (approximate genetic gain per generation of 10%). In order to constrain the buildup of inbreeding a strategy based on avoiding full-sib mating in each generation was used. In the present study we estimate both the levels of inbreeding and the effective population size in order to discuss the present and prospective status of these populations and the sustainability of this breeding scheme.


Yáñez, J.M., Bassini, L.N., Filp, M., Lhorente, J.P., Ponzoni, R.W., Neira, R. (2013)
Aquaculture, [online first] 4 June