SNAPPER AND GROUPER ASSEMBLAGES OF BELIZE: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM OIL DRILLING

Heyman, William D. (2011) SNAPPER AND GROUPER ASSEMBLAGES OF BELIZE: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM OIL DRILLING. Fisheries Centre Research Reports, 19 (6). pp. 43-47. ISSN 1198-6727

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    Abstract

    The grouper/snapper species complex is made up of top predators within coral reef ecosystems and together is the most commercially important group. As top predators, they are also indicative of the health of coral reef systems. This paper summarizes nearly 20 years of research on the life history of snappers and groupers in Belize, with a focus on spawning aggregations, larval transport, and juvenile settlement and development in nursery areas. The contribution then addresses the possible impacts of oil on the various life stages and habitats utilized by snappers and groupers. Though the likelihood of spill or contamination from oil exploration and development may be very small, the potential effects of such events are so catastrophic that the risk may outweigh the potential benefits.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AC) Fish > (ACB) Marine
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
      Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 10:26
      Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 10:26
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1372

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