Fish Spawning Aggregations: A Reef Resilience Toolkit Module

Introduction

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Introducing the FSA Module (2:39)

This module of the Reef Resilience Toolkit focuses mainly on the conservation of Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations (FSAs). Although the problems facing global fisheries are diverse, we have chosen to focus on fish spawning aggregations because of their extreme susceptibility to over-fishing, and their importance as part of the resilience model.

Maintaining healthy breeding populations (seed sources) of reef fish is critical for the sustainability and health of coral reef systems. Fish spawning aggregations are an example of Critical Areas that need special protection and management in order to build resilience into a comprehensive reef management program.

While this module emphasizes the conservation of FSAs, many of the recommendations and tools can be applied to other fishery and conservation problems.

Ultimately, managers need to approach the ecosystems they manage from a holistic perspective, requiring them to think about all functional aspects of the ecosystem. Focusing on the conservation of FSAs is only one piece, albeit a critica one, in a broader management context.

A variety of topics are included in this section and follow in sequential order. However, many sections of this toolkit can be used as stand-alone resources. A comprehensive training on the resilience principles is also available in the Resilience Training section of this website, where you will find links to numerous resources developed by global experts on coral reef management. To make contributions to future versions of this toolkit, or to add case studies, please contact us.

 

Top photo: Snappers. © Douglas David Seifert

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