Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 341–359

The fishery of the Comoros, with comments on its possible impact on coelacanth survival

  • Robin E. Stobbs
  • Michael N. Bruton

DOI: 10.1007/BF00007465

Cite this article as:
Stobbs, R.E. & Bruton, M.N. Environ Biol Fish (1991) 32: 341. doi:10.1007/BF00007465


The traditional methods of deepsea handline fishing in the Comoros are described. The main target species is the oilfish Ruvettus pretiosus, and the coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae is caught as a bycatch. In recent years motorised dugout canoes as well as outboard- and inboard-powered boats have been introduced into the fishery, and more efficient fishing tackle has become available. The more modern gear is intended for use on pelagic fishes and has added a new dimension to the fishery. Traditional handline fishermen are not considered to be a threat to the coelacanth, but the fishermen equipped with motorised boats and modern tackle would constitute a real threat if they direct their efforts on inshore reefs.

Key words

Artisanal fishingCanoesConservationFishing methodsRuvettus

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin E. Stobbs
    • 1
  • Michael N. Bruton
    • 1
  1. 1.J.L.B. Smith Institute of IchthyologyGrahamstownSouth Africa