Losing ‘Nemo’: bleaching and collection appear to reduce inshore populations of anemonefishes

Jones, Alison, Gardner, S. and Sinclair, Billy (2008) Losing ‘Nemo’: bleaching and collection appear to reduce inshore populations of anemonefishes. Journal of Fish Biology, 73 (3). pp. 753-761. Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2008.01969.x


Surveys of anemonefishes (Amphiprioninae) were conducted on reefs in two regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with contrasting histories of disturbance to determine the degree to which spatial variation might be explained by bleaching or management status. Densities of anemonefishes were lower on reefs in the bleaching-impacted Keppel Islands than on reefs in Far North Queensland. No anemonefishes or anemones were found on or near bleached corals in the Keppel Islands. Furthermore, the highest densities of fishes were found on reefs closed to fishing and aquarium collecting in both the Keppel Islands and Far North Queensland, which suggests that collecting is compounding the effects of bleaching. These results emphasize the importance of understanding the interaction between bleaching events and anthropogenic disturbance upon commercially exploited species.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Fish Biology
Publisher: Wiley - Blackwell
ISSN: 1095-8649
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 15:42
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 20:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1082
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