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Findings from acoustic tagging reveal community based MPA in Fiji affords reasonable protection to Lethrinids
  • Published Date:
    2008
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    Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
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    "Are Lethrinids captured at common village fishing areas in Votua Village, Fiji part of the same population as those intended for conservation within the adjacent MPA? To address this question, Lethrinids (27) were caught within and outside the MPA, implanted with acoustic tags, and their movements tracked for up to 5 months. Fishes tagged on the reef flat crossed MPA boundaries moving freely across continuous reef flat habitat, traveling distances up to 700 m. Although the entire home range of Lethrinids does not appear to be incorporated within the present MPA design, the MPA may afford protection since fishing pressure is almost exclusively during the day. Fishes generally left the MPA during the night, and consequently may derive temporal refugia from fishing pressure. Comprehensive diurnal habitat requirements may be better met with minor adjustments in MPA boundaries. Acoustic tagging results are providing crucial recommendations for designing effective MPAs and networks of MPAs in Fiji and the Pacific Islands"--Abstract.

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