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The `ghost of past fishing': Small-scale fisheries and conservation of threatened groupers in subtropical islands

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Silvano, Renato A. M. ; Nora, Vinicius ; Andreoli, Taina B. ; Lopes, Priscila F. M. ; Begossi, Alpina
Total Authors: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: MARINE POLICY; v. 75, p. 125-132, JAN 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Groupers are highly targeted and vulnerable reef fishes. The effects of fishing pressure on the density of three reef fishes were investigated in 21 islands outside (n=15) and inside (n=6) a Marine Protected Area (MPA) at the Paraty Bay, Brazilian southeastern coast. Two valued groupers (Epinephelus marginatus and Mycteroperca acutirostris) and a non-target grunt (Haemulon aurolineatum) were studied. The total biomass of fish caught in each island was considered as a measure of current fishing pressure, while the island distance from the villages was considered as a measure of past fishing pressure. Fish densities were recordedin number and biomass. The biomass of M. acutirostris was inversely related to current fishing pressure, which did not affect the other two fishes. The density of E. marginatus increased with the island distance from one of the fishing villages, which indicated that past fishing may have had decreased the abundance of E. marginatus. Densities of the three fishes and fishing pressure did not differ between islands inside and outside the MPA. Data on fishing pressure, densities of groupers and coral cover were combined here to assign conservation scores to islands. A redefinition of MPA boundaries to reconcile fish conservation, fishing activities and fishers' food security was proposed. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/14701-5 - Ecology and Ethnoecology of robalos (Centropomidae)Centropomus undecimalis (BLOCH, 1792) and Centropomus parallelus (POEY, 1860) in Paraty Bay, RJ.
Grantee:Vinicius Figueiredo Nora Bittencourt
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 09/11154-3 - Ecology of artisanal fishing in Paraty: optimal foraging and ethnoecology
Grantee:Alpina Begossi
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/16722-2 - Ecology and ethnoecology of Brazilian artisanal fisheries
Grantee:Alpina Begossi
Support type: Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - Brazil