[Coral-List] Overfished reefs in the Caribbean

Peter Edwards horlicks_1989 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 21 15:12:53 EDT 2011

Hi Bill,

Ivana (or Andrew Ross) can confirm, but these small "plate sized fish" are still the main targets.  However, since the Lionfish invasion, fishers are now beginning to target these species.


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Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:19:47 -0700
From: Bill Allison <allison.billiam at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Help finding heavily overfished reefs in the
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In my late 1980s-early 1990s experience parrot and doctor fish (small ones
at that) were the main component of the North coast catch and spearfishing
accounted for about a third of the catch. Has this changed?

On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM, Ivana Kenny <ibmkenny at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hey Joe,
> If you want text book over-fished reefs, check Jamaica. We consume both the
> typical food fish and some of the 'reef' fish species (like parrots and
> doctor fish) and our fishers utilize lines, seines and traps to collect.
> Consequently, any reef closely associated with a fishing community has
> limited fish abundance and diversity. Reef Check surveys are conducted
> island-wide, annually and that database may give you figures to determine
> which sites you would like to include in your analysis.
> Ivana Kenny

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