A Review of the South Pacific Tuna Baitfisheries: Small Pelagic Fisheries Associated with Coral-Reefs

Dalzell, P. and Lewis , A. D. (1989) A Review of the South Pacific Tuna Baitfisheries: Small Pelagic Fisheries Associated with Coral-Reefs. Marine Fisheries Review, 51(4), pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

A review is given of current information concerning small pelagic fishes exploited for tuna bait in the South Pacific. These fishes are usually caught over or near coral reefs using light attraction and lift nets. The most common and widespread species are anchovies (Engraulidae), sprats (Clupeidae), silversides (Atherinidae), and herrings (Clupeidae). Recorded yields ranged from 0.5 to 2.6t/km2, and methods are described to estimate potential yields empirically in the absence of catch data. Environmental effects on small pelagic fish production are discussed, and evidence is presented to suggest that rainfall markedly affects stolephorid anchovy production. Some species of small pelagic fish, such as Selar spp., Decapterus spp., and Herklotsichthys sp., have been fished traditionally by artisanal fishermen, but anchovy and sprat stocks were probably unexploited prior to pole-and-line tuna fishing in the South Pacific.

Item Type: Article
Title: A Review of the South Pacific Tuna Baitfisheries: Small Pelagic Fisheries Associated with Coral-Reefs
Personal Creator/Author:
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Dalzell, P.
Lewis , A. D.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 51
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 1-10
Date: 1989
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9937
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 13:50
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9937

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