Reef Fish Spawning Aggregation Monitoring Protocol For the Wider Caribbean

Heyman, W. and Luckhurst, B. E. and Paz, M. and Rhodes, K. (2002) Reef Fish Spawning Aggregation Monitoring Protocol For the Wider Caribbean. [Other peer-reviewed publication]

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    Fisheries form an important sector of the economy of the countries along the Mesoamerican Reef and the entire Caribbean Basin. · Most commercially important reef fish (e.g. groupers and snappers) migrate to specific places at specific times to reproduce in what are called spawning aggregations or “SPAGs”. · SPAGs, once discovered by fishers, are often heavily exploited. In some cases, SPAGs may become so depleted that they no longer form. . For example, Nassau grouper SPAGs have disappeared from approximately one-third of all known SPAG sites in the wider Caribbean region. These include sites in Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda. · If management/conservation intervention occurs before complete collapse, spawning aggregations have the potential to recover · SPAGs are critically important in the life cycle of many reef fishes and reproduction at these sites often represents the total annual reproductive output for that species population. · SPAGs provide substantial economic benefits to subsistence and commercial fisheries and may play a significant role in the marine tourism industry, e.g. dive tourism.

    Item Type: Other peer-reviewed publication
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      Keywords: spawning, reef fish, aggregation, protocol, caribbean
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AC) Fish > (ACB) Marine
      (H) Protected Areas > (HI) Spawning Aggregation
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3B) NGOs
      Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 09:14
      Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:52

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