By Michael L. Domeier (auth.), Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson, Patrick L. Colin (eds.)
Reef fish spawning aggregations, starting from small teams to many tens of millions of people, are magnificent yet poorly identified typical phenomena wherein fish gather at particular instances and destinations to spawn. For a few species those huge teams could be the merely type of copy, the excessive fish numbers in short giving a misunderstanding of balance and abundance—an ‘illusion of plenty’. they can be a spotlight for in depth seasonal fishing due to their predictability and since many very important advertisement fishes shape them. hugely susceptible to overexploitation, many aggregations and their linked fisheries, have disappeared or are in decline. Few are successfully controlled or integrated into secure parts. Aggregations are usually not good understood by way of fishery scientists, managers and conservationists and their value little liked by means of fishers or the broader public. to make sure their endurance to refill vital fisheries in coral ecosystems, retain their atmosphere functionality and proceed to please divers, an important swap in point of view is required to foster safeguard and management.
This ebook offers finished and sensible insurance of the biology, examine and administration of reef fish aggregations, exploring their how, whilst, the place, and why. It explores how one can higher safeguard, examine, deal with and preserve them, whereas selecting key info gaps and questions. The textual content is commonly illustrated with many targeted, by no means earlier than released, images and snap shots. Case reviews on over 20 attention-grabbing and critical fishes are integrated, outlining their biology and fisheries and highlighting significant issues and challenges.