Wednesday, March 4, 2015

04/03/2015: Portland Bight, Jamaica: fish biomass extremely low

A 2014 Coral Reef Assessment on the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) has revealed that while coral reefs are in a fairly good condition, the fish biomass in the area is extremely low, The Jamaica Gleaner reports.

Dr Suzanne Palmer, visiting researcher who was speaking with The Gleaner following the presentation of the coral reef survey conducted by the University of the West Indies recently, said more needs to be done in restoring fish population to ensure a sustainable fisheries industry.

"At the regional level, except for the surgeonfish, fish biomass on the Portland Bight coral reefs is low to extremely low, in all surveyed fish groups," she said.

"The densities of parrot fish, surgeonfish and grunt on the Portland Bight reefs are substantially higher than regional averages, but densities of snapper and jack were below average, and grouper were absent," Palmer continued.

"From the survey, we are finding out there was quite a lot of fishes, but they are all fairly small. So the biomass is very low," she said.

Read more HERE.

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