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Naïve fish: Easy targets for spear fishers
Date:11/13/2012

hes spill out of the marine reserves extended for at least 150 metres from the boundary.

The team's findings suggest that fishers are more likely to catch fish that stray out of the reserve, and so improve the local fish harvest. This may help fishers become more supportive of marine reserves.

"In these parts of the oceans, spear fishing is still very much about survival for humans and putting food on the family table so it is important that local fishers feel they are deriving some benefit from having a local area that is closed to fishing, or they may not respect it," says Dr Nick Graham, a co-author on the study.

"This information is also useful in traditional reserves where fishing is taboo most of the time, but then they are opened for fishing by village elders just a few days a year.

"On the face of it, this work suggests that marine reserves can play an important role in putting more fish on the table of local communities in these tropical locations as well as conserving overall fish stocks and replenishing those outside the reserve," Januchowski-Hartley says.


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Contact: Nick Graham
Nick.Graham@jcu.edu.au
61-074-781-6291
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
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