Fishery and Biological Implications of Fishing Spawning Aggregations, and the Social and Economic Importance of Aggregating Fishes

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Abstract

This chapter explores the fishery and biological implications of ­exploiting aggregating marine fishes, their general importance to subsistence, commercial, and recreational fisheries and the possible consequences of losing them. We synthesize and examine empirical data from a wide range of taxa to determine whether, when and why fish spawning aggregations need to be targets of management. We examine the socioeconomic importance, costs and benefits of exploiting reef fish aggregations for both extractive and non-extractive (e.g. tourism and reproductive output) purposes. We provide recommendations and guidance for future research, education, management and conservation planning for aggregating species.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Ecology & BiodiversityUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of California at San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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