Volume 65

Conservation and Management of Grouper Spawning Aggregation Sites: Adaptive Strategies Based on Fish Movement Patterns

Nemeth, R., K. Rhodes, E. Kadison, and J. Martens
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Date: November, 2012

Pages: 301

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty-Fifth Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Santa Marta

Country: Colombia


Most large groupers (Serranidae) form annual fish spawning aggregations (FSA) at predictable times and locations (Domeier and Colin 1997); a life-history trait that makes them extremely vulnerable to over-fishing (Sadovy de Mitcheson et al. 2008). Seasonal or permanent fishery area closures can provide effective protection (Nemeth 2005), but defining biologically relevant boundaries is difficult due to limited knowledge of the movement and migration patterns associated with spawning. The aim of this study was to compare the spatial and temporal patterns of movement and migration of groupers at spawning aggregations in the Caribbean and Pacific.

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