Coral reef gastropods - A sustainable resource?

Poulsen A.L. (1996) Coral reef gastropods - A sustainable resource?. Pacific Conservation Biology, 2 2: 142-145.

Author Poulsen A.L.
Title Coral reef gastropods - A sustainable resource?
Journal name Pacific Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-2097
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 142
End page 145
Total pages 4
Language eng
Subject 2303 Ecology
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Large, colourful coral reef gastropods including the Giant Triton Charonia tritonis, helmet shells (Cassidae), cowries (Cypraeidae) and volutes (Volutidae) are exploited in an unregulated and unsustainable way throughout much of the Indo-Pacific region. The consequences for their populations, for the populations of their prey or for the ecology of their habitats are rarely considered. Serious decline in stocks of edible coral reef molluscs through unregulated harvesting demonstrates the need for controls on the collection and trade of commercially important species. Continued, unrestricted collecting will eventually lead to the local extinction of vulnerable species on substantial numbers of reefs. Research on the biology and ecology of ornamental species is urgently needed to facilitate the implementation of appropriate management strategies for long-term utilization. A co-operative effort to monitor and regulate trade will also contribute toward the maintenance of sustainable gastropod populations on coral reefs.
Keyword CITES
Coral Reefs
Exploitation
Gastropods
Resource Management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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