Evidence of artisanal fishing impacts and depth refuge in assemblages of reef fish of a Fijian Island

  • Todd Bond (Creator)
  • Euan Harvey (Creator)
  • Matthew Birt (Creator)
  • Benjamin Saunders (Creator)
  • Damon Driessen (Creator)
  • Laura Fullwood (Creator)



Protection from fishing generally results in an increase in the abundance and biomass of targeted fishes within marine reserve boundaries. Natural refuges such as depth may also protect targeted species, yet few studies have looked at the effects of depth concomitant with marine reserves. There is also limited research into the effects of protection on assemblages of coral reef fish in developing countries where fishing is mostly small-scale and artisanal. The effects of protection and depth on assemblages of reef fish in the Kubulua district off Vanua Levu Island, Fiji were studied using stereo Baited Remote Underwater Video systems. Videos were collected from shallow (5-8 m) and deep (25-30 m) sites inside and outside of the Namena reserve (60.6 km2, 13 years old) and Namuri reserve (4.25 km2, 4 years old). This dataset contains MaxN relative abundance data collected from stereo-BRUV footage.

Collection Method: Stereo BRUV
Camera Orientation: Forward Facing
Camera Calibration: Calibrated
Camera Calibration Information: All cameras were calibrated prior to and post field work.
Scoring System Used: Event Measure
Sizing Laser: Sizing Laser Not Used
Water Column Position: Demersal Environment
Geomorphic Class: Geomorphic Class Targeted
Geomorphic Class Information: High profile reef
Number Of Deployments: 180
Date made available27 Feb 2013
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Date of data production1 Jul 2009 - 31 Aug 2009
Geographical coverageKumbulau District, Fiji
Geospatial point-16.893095,179.033696


  • Stereo BRUV
  • Fiji
  • Fish Assemblage

Field of Research (FoR)

  • 040501 Biological Oceanography

Cite this

Bond, T. (Creator), Harvey, E. (Creator), Birt, M. (Creator), Saunders, B. (Creator), Driessen, D. (Creator), Fullwood, L. (Creator) (27 Feb 2013). Evidence of artisanal fishing impacts and depth refuge in assemblages of reef fish of a Fijian Island. The University of Western Australia. 10.4225/23/591523aad1256