Indicators of herbivorous fish biomass in community-based marine management areas in Fiji

Albert, Simon, Tawake, Alifereti, Vave, Ron, Fisher, Paul and Grinham, Alistair (2016) Indicators of herbivorous fish biomass in community-based marine management areas in Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22 1: 20-28. doi:10.1071/PC15051


Author Albert, Simon
Tawake, Alifereti
Vave, Ron
Fisher, Paul
Grinham, Alistair
Title Indicators of herbivorous fish biomass in community-based marine management areas in Fiji
Journal name Pacific Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-2097
2204-4604
Publication date 2016-03-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PC15051
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 20
End page 28
Total pages 9
Place of publication VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract There has been a resurgence in community-based management of coral reef resources in the developing world over the last two decades. However, many of the threats to reef ecosystems are increasing at a rate beyond local knowledge acquisition. Consequently, there is a continuing need for management tools and monitoring to support community-based approaches. Using algal, fish and reef indicators we provide a rapid assessment method of herbivorous fishes in Locally Managed Marine Areas in Fiji. The algal indicator technique provided a time-integrated assessment of the process of herbivory within Locally Managed Marine Areas and could be used by untrained community members to quantify management responses. Generally, reefs with higher herbivore biomass had a diverse low biomass of algae typical of healthy reefs. Reefs with fewer herbivores had a higher biomass of turf or leathery algae typical of degraded reefs. These results show that simple ecological indicators can be a useful addition to the existing local knowledge that underpins community-based management.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 19 Apr 2016, 15:07:53 EST by Dr Alistair Grinham on behalf of School of Civil Engineering