Fish & Fisheries Series

Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations: Biology, Research and Management

Editors: Sadovy de Mitcheson, Yvonne, Colin, Patrick L. (Eds.)

  • The first and only comprehensive global synthesis on the important biological phenomenon of reproductive aggregations in aggregating reef fish species
  • Includes many previously unpublished underwater photographs of aggregations and reproductive activity of reef fishes
  • Spawning aggregations are extremely important for marine fisheries around the world; a better understanding of their function, the impacts of fishing and how to manage them would strongly enhance our ability to preserve them
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About this book

Reef fish spawning aggregations, ranging from small groups to many tens of thousands of individuals, are spectacular but poorly known natural phenomena whereby fish assemble at specific times and locations to spawn. For some species these large groups may be the only form of reproduction, the high fish numbers briefly giving a false impression of stability and abundance—an ‘illusion of plenty’.  They are often a focus for intensive seasonal fishing because of their predictability and because many important commercial fishes form them. Highly vulnerable to overexploitation, many aggregations and their associated fisheries, have disappeared or are in decline. Few are effectively managed or incorporated into protected areas. Aggregations are not well understood by fishery scientists, managers and conservationists and their significance little appreciated by fishers or the wider public. To ensure their persistence to replenish important fisheries in coral ecosystems, maintain their ecosystem function and continue to delight divers, a significant change in perspective is needed to foster protection and management.

 

This book provides comprehensive and practical coverage of the biology, study and management of reef fish aggregations, exploring their how, when, where, and why. It explores ways to better protect, study, manage and conserve them, while identifying key data gaps and questions. The text is extensively illustrated with many unique, never before published, photographs and graphics. Case studies on over 20 interesting and important fishes are included, outlining their biology and fisheries and highlighting major concerns and challenges.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Revisiting Spawning Aggregations: Definitions and Challenges

    Domeier, Michael L.

    Pages 1-20

  • Ecosystem Aspects of Species That Aggregate to Spawn

    Nemeth, Richard S.

    Pages 21-55

  • Why Spawn in Aggregations?

    Molloy, Philip Patrick (et al.)

    Pages 57-83

  • Spawning Aggregations in Reef Fishes; Ecological and Evolutionary Processes

    Choat, John Howard

    Pages 85-116

  • Timing and Location of Aggregation and Spawning in Reef Fishes

    Colin, Patrick L.

    Pages 117-158

Buy this book

eBook $259.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1980-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $329.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1979-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $329.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8389-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations: Biology, Research and Management
Editors
  • Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson
  • Patrick L. Colin
Series Title
Fish & Fisheries Series
Series Volume
35
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1980-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1980-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1979-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8389-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 622
Topics