Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 32, Issue 1–4, pp 341–359

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

  • Robin E. Stobbs
  • Michael N. Bruton


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 fishing Canoes Conservation Fishing methods Ruvettus 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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