Precious Corals in Hawaii: Discovery of a New Bed and Revised Management Measures for Existing Beds

Grigg, Richard W. (2002) Precious Corals in Hawaii: Discovery of a New Bed and Revised Management Measures for Existing Beds. Marine Fisheries Review, 64(1), pp. 13-20.

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Abstract

The fishery for deepwater precious corals in the Hawaiian Islands has experienced an on-and-off history for almost 40 years. In spite of this, research, driven primarily by the precious coral jewelry industry, remains active. In this paper, the results of deepwater surveys in 2000 and 2001 are reported. In summary, a new bed on the summit of Cross Seamount is described and revised estimates of MSY’s for pink coral, Corallium secundum; red coral, Corallium regale; and gold coral, Ger ardia sp., in the two known beds off Makapuu, Oahu, and Keahole Point, Hawaii, in the main Hawaiian Islands, are presented. The population dynamics of each species is described, as well as their ecological limits on Hawaii’s deep reefs, island shelves, and seamounts. The local supply of precious coral in the main Hawaiian Islands is sufficient to support the local industry, but cost/ benefits of selective harvest requirements and weather constraints limit profitability of the fish

Item Type: Article
Title: Precious Corals in Hawaii: Discovery of a New Bed and Revised Management Measures for Existing Beds
Personal Creator/Author:
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Grigg, Richard W.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 64
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 13-20
Date: 2002
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9746
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 13:23
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 13:23
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9746

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