Precious Coral Fisheries of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands

Grigg, Richard W. (1993) Precious Coral Fisheries of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands. Marine Fisheries Review, 55(2), pp. 50-60.

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The precious coral fishery in Hawaii and the Western Pacific consists of one industry but two distinct and separate fisheries. The first is the harvest of black coral by scuba divers from depths of 30-100 m. The second is a fishery for pink and gold coral at depths between 400 and 1500 m and employs either a human-operated submersible that permits selective harvest or tangle net dredges which are nonselective. The modern history of these fisheries date from 1958 until the present. In this paper the ecology, life history. and management of the dominant species that make up these fisheries are reviewed. Research needs of the fisheries and the economic and future prospects of the precious coral industry are also described. At the present, the precious coral jewelry industry in Hawaii (all species) is valued at about $25 million at the retail level.

Item Type: Article
Title: Precious Coral Fisheries of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands
Personal Creator/Author:
Grigg, Richard W.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 55
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 50-60
Date: 1993
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 9873
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 20:40
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 20:40

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