Seasonality and historic trends in the reef fisheries of Pulau Banggi, Sabah, Malaysia

L. C L Teh, D. Zeller, A. Cabanban, L. C L Teh, U. Rashid Sumaila

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The reef fisheries of Pulau (meaning "island" in Malay) Banggi, Sabah are not managed, and lack baseline fisheries data despite forming part of a proposed marine park. Thus, a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches was applied to obtain a baseline picture about the past and present state of the fisheries. Fish landings were monitored, and fisher interviews conducted to investigate seasonal effects and historical changes in Banggi's reef fisheries. Monsoon winds were a major driver of seasonal differences in catch quantities for the hook and line, but not the gillnet fishery. Spatial distribution of fishing effort and target species also differed by season. Fishers consistently indicated that Banggi's fisheries were declining, with a suggested three to four times decrease in catch rates over the last 20 years. Interestingly, it appeared that substantial decreases began in the year 2000. The responses of fishers to seasonal changes, and the resultant implications for management are discussed. Importantly, the need for immediate management policies to prevent further declines and to maintain sustainable reef fisheries is stressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-263
Number of pages13
JournalCoral Reefs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

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