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Article: Historical analysis of Cuban commercial fishing effort and the effects of management interventions on important reef fishes from 1960-2005

TitleHistorical analysis of Cuban commercial fishing effort and the effects of management interventions on important reef fishes from 1960-2005
Authors
KeywordsCuba
Management
Spawning aggregation
Anthozoa
Epinephelinae
Issue Date2009
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/fishres
Citation
Fisheries Research, 2009, v. 99 n. 1, p. 7-16 How to Cite?
AbstractLong-term fishery datasets can provide valuable insights into fishing histories, and represent a baseline against which to examine current status and plan for future management. For coral reef-associated fisheries, however, such datasets are extremely rare. We analyse a unique 45-year set of landings data on six reef fishes of commercial importance in Cuba's coastal fisheries, together with information on management interventions, and examine the likely implications of over-fishing and management on the long-term condition of one grouper (Serranidae) and five snapper (Lutjanidae) species. The data clearly demonstrate differential responses to fishing and management according to the biology of the different species examined. In particular, those species that aggregate most predictably, and at a small number of spawning sites, are more prone to uncontrolled fishing and in need of effective management. The increase in the number and severity of management measures over the last 20 years reflects attempts to address declines in the fishery following its development prior to the 1980s. The data suggest short-lived successes, and challenges to successful management from changing socio-economic circumstances and environmental impacts. The importance of considering, in addition to landings information, social and economic factors, management history, the biology of targeted species and the implications of environmental factors in relation to resource use, trends, and management is clearly illustrated in this study. Managers should strive to document species-specific data over the long-term and aim for robust and adaptive fishery management that constantly adjusts to the range of factors that affect fishing activity, exploited species, and responses to management.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60642
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.23
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.107
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Ministry of the Fisheries Industry of Cuba
Funding Information:

We are most grateful to the many fishers who assisted us. From the Ministry of the Fisheries Industry of Cuba, we thank the Provincial Fisheries Associations, the Directorate of Coastal Fisheries and Servando Valle (Centre of Fisheries Research). Funding for this work was provided by the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations, which is partly supported by the Packard Foundation. Additional funding was provided by a Doherty Fellowship at the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, FIT.

 

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dc.contributor.authorClaro, Ren_HK
dc.contributor.authorSadovy de Mitcheson, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLindeman, KCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorGarcia-Cagide, ARen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:15:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:15:41Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationFisheries Research, 2009, v. 99 n. 1, p. 7-16en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0165-7836en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60642-
dc.description.abstractLong-term fishery datasets can provide valuable insights into fishing histories, and represent a baseline against which to examine current status and plan for future management. For coral reef-associated fisheries, however, such datasets are extremely rare. We analyse a unique 45-year set of landings data on six reef fishes of commercial importance in Cuba's coastal fisheries, together with information on management interventions, and examine the likely implications of over-fishing and management on the long-term condition of one grouper (Serranidae) and five snapper (Lutjanidae) species. The data clearly demonstrate differential responses to fishing and management according to the biology of the different species examined. In particular, those species that aggregate most predictably, and at a small number of spawning sites, are more prone to uncontrolled fishing and in need of effective management. The increase in the number and severity of management measures over the last 20 years reflects attempts to address declines in the fishery following its development prior to the 1980s. The data suggest short-lived successes, and challenges to successful management from changing socio-economic circumstances and environmental impacts. The importance of considering, in addition to landings information, social and economic factors, management history, the biology of targeted species and the implications of environmental factors in relation to resource use, trends, and management is clearly illustrated in this study. Managers should strive to document species-specific data over the long-term and aim for robust and adaptive fishery management that constantly adjusts to the range of factors that affect fishing activity, exploited species, and responses to management.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/fishresen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofFisheries Researchen_HK
dc.subjectCuba-
dc.subjectManagement-
dc.subjectSpawning aggregation-
dc.subjectAnthozoa-
dc.subjectEpinephelinae-
dc.titleHistorical analysis of Cuban commercial fishing effort and the effects of management interventions on important reef fishes from 1960-2005en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0165-7836&volume=99&issue=1&spage=7&epage=16&date=2009&atitle=Historical+analysis+of+Cuban+commercial+fishing+effort+and+the+effects+of+management+interventions+on+important+reef+fishes+from+1960-2005en_HK
dc.identifier.emailSadovy de Mitcheson, Y: yjsadovy@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.fishres.2009.04.004-
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