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Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji

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Glaus, KBJ and Adrian-Kalchhauser, I and Burkhardt-Holm, P and White, WT and Brunnschweiler, JM, Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji, Scientific Reports, 5 Article 17556. ISSN 2045-2322 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/srep17556

Abstract

Limited information is available on artisanal and subsistence shark fisheries across the Pacific. The aim of this study was to investigate Fijiís inshore fisheries which catch sharks. In January and February 2013, 253 semi-directive interviews were conducted in 117 villages and at local harbours on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Ovalau and a number of islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa archipelagos. Of the 253 interviewees, 81.4% reported to presently catch sharks, and 17.4% declared that they did not presently catch any sharks. Of the 206 fishers that reported to catch sharks, 18.4% targeted sharks and 81.6% caught sharks as bycatch. When targeted, primary use of sharks was for consumption or for sale. Sharks caught as bycatch were frequently released (69.6%), consumed (64.9%) or shared amongst the community (26.8%). Fishersí identification based on an identification poster and DNA barcoding revealed that at least 12 species of elasmobranchs, 11 shark and one ray species (Rhynchobatus australiae) were caught. This study, which is the first focused exploration of the shark catch in Fijiís inshore fisheries, suggests that the countryís artisanal shark fisheries are small but have the potential to develop into larger and possibly more targeted fisheries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:shark fisheries, fisheries, shark, Fiji, elasmobranch
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries Sciences
Research Field:Fisheries Management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - Wild Caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - Wild Caught not elsewhere classified
Author:White, WT (Dr William White)
ID Code:118452
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:IMAS - Directorate
Deposited On:2017-07-12
Last Modified:2017-08-22
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