Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/602359
Title:
Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management
Authors:
Waldie, Peter A. ( 0000-0002-9153-5638 ) ; Almany, Glenn R.; Sinclair-Taylor, Tane; Hamilton, Richard J.; Potuku, Tapas; Priest, Mark; Rhodes, Kevin L.; Robinson, Jan; Cinner, Joshua E.; Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 )
Abstract:
Conservation commonly requires trade-offs between social and ecological goals. For tropical small-scale fisheries, spatial scales of socially appropriate management are generally small—the median no-take locally managed marine area (LMMA) area throughout the Pacific is less than 1 km2. This is of particular concern for large coral reef fishes, such as many species of grouper, which migrate to aggregations to spawn. Current data suggest that the catchment areas (i.e. total area from which individuals are drawn) of such aggregations are at spatial scales that preclude effective community-based management with no-take LMMAs. We used acoustic telemetry and tag-returns to examine reproductive migrations and catchment areas of the grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus at a spawning aggregation in Papua New Guinea. Protection of the resultant catchment area of approximately 16 km2 using a no-take LMMA is socially untenable here and throughout much of the Pacific region. However, we found that spawning migrations were skewed towards shorter distances. Consequently, expanding the current 0.2 km2 no-take LMMA to 1–2 km2 would protect approximately 30–50% of the spawning population throughout the non-spawning season. Contrasting with current knowledge, our results demonstrate that species with moderate reproductive migrations can be managed at scales congruous with spatially restricted management tools.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Citation:
Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management 2016, 3 (3):150694 Royal Society Open Science
Publisher:
The Royal Society
Journal:
Royal Society Open Science
Issue Date:
9-Mar-2016
DOI:
10.1098/rsos.150694
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2054-5703
Sponsors:
Funding was provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The Nature Conservancy, Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation. Baseline research funds were provided to M.L.B. from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and support from the KAUST Red Sea Research Center.
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http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsos.150694
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dc.contributor.authorWaldie, Peter A.en
dc.contributor.authorAlmany, Glenn R.en
dc.contributor.authorSinclair-Taylor, Taneen
dc.contributor.authorHamilton, Richard J.en
dc.contributor.authorPotuku, Tapasen
dc.contributor.authorPriest, Marken
dc.contributor.authorRhodes, Kevin L.en
dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Janen
dc.contributor.authorCinner, Joshua E.en
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T12:22:30Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T12:22:30Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-09en
dc.identifier.citationRestricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management 2016, 3 (3):150694 Royal Society Open Scienceen
dc.identifier.issn2054-5703en
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rsos.150694en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/602359en
dc.description.abstractConservation commonly requires trade-offs between social and ecological goals. For tropical small-scale fisheries, spatial scales of socially appropriate management are generally small—the median no-take locally managed marine area (LMMA) area throughout the Pacific is less than 1 km2. This is of particular concern for large coral reef fishes, such as many species of grouper, which migrate to aggregations to spawn. Current data suggest that the catchment areas (i.e. total area from which individuals are drawn) of such aggregations are at spatial scales that preclude effective community-based management with no-take LMMAs. We used acoustic telemetry and tag-returns to examine reproductive migrations and catchment areas of the grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus at a spawning aggregation in Papua New Guinea. Protection of the resultant catchment area of approximately 16 km2 using a no-take LMMA is socially untenable here and throughout much of the Pacific region. However, we found that spawning migrations were skewed towards shorter distances. Consequently, expanding the current 0.2 km2 no-take LMMA to 1–2 km2 would protect approximately 30–50% of the spawning population throughout the non-spawning season. Contrasting with current knowledge, our results demonstrate that species with moderate reproductive migrations can be managed at scales congruous with spatially restricted management tools.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding was provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The Nature Conservancy, Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation. Baseline research funds were provided to M.L.B. from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and support from the KAUST Red Sea Research Center.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe Royal Societyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsos.150694en
dc.rightsPublished by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectfish spawning aggregationen
dc.subjectEpinephelidaeen
dc.subjectmovement ecologyen
dc.subjectmarine protected areasen
dc.subjectacoustic telemetryen
dc.subjectmarine reserveen
dc.titleRestricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based managementen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.identifier.journalRoyal Society Open Scienceen
dc.relation.referencesWaldie, P. A., Almany, G. R., Sinclair-Taylor, T. H., Hamilton, R. J., Potuku, T., Priest, M. A., … Berumen, M. L. (2016). Data from: Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management (Version 1) [Data set]. Dryad Digital Repository. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.26j85en
dc.relation.referencesDOI:10.5061/DRYAD.26J85en
dc.relation.referencesHANDLE:http://hdl.handle.net/10754/624167en
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionAustralian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionCRIOBE—USR 3278, CNRS-EPHE-UPVD and Laboratoire d’Excellence ‘CORAIL’, 58 Avenue Paul Alduy, Perpignan Cedex 66860, Franceen
dc.contributor.institutionIndo-Pacific Division, The Nature Conservancy, South Brisbane, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionKavieng Field Office, The Nature Conservancy, Kavieng, Papua New Guineaen
dc.contributor.institutionMarine Spatial Ecology Laboratory and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionMarAlliance, PO Box 283, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belizeen
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)en
kaust.authorSinclair-Taylor, Taneen
kaust.authorPriest, Marken
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
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