Coral reef resources of East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles

Kimani, E.N. (1995) Coral reef resources of East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly, 18(4), pp. 4-7.

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Abstract

Coral reefs are widespread along the east African coast and Seychelle islands. Their roles in island building and coastal protection are often underestimated, they are also important fishery habitats and major tourist attractions. The east African marine fishery production, estimated at 1.4-4.9 tonnes per km super(2), is principally a result of artisanal fishing. Siltation, trampling, and destructive fishing methods are the main cause of coral reef degradation along the east African coast and associated islands. Legislation has been implemented to protect coral reefs by establishing marine parks and reserves. However, poaching and anchor damage are widespread on these protected reefs. Legislative provision to increase the benefit to fishing communities may reduce poaching. The establishment of exclusive nature reserves may be one way to ensure preservation of some coral reefs in the region.

Item Type: Article
Title: Coral reef resources of East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the Seychelles
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Kimani, E.N.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly
Volume: 18
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 4-7
Date: 1995
ISSN: 0116-290X
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coral reefs; Reef fisheries; Fishery resources; Marine resources; Resource conservation; Kenya; Tanzania; Seychelles
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9276
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 09:06
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9276

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