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Community Power 'Can Rescue Failing Fish Stocks'

Community Power 'Can Rescue Failing Fish Stocks'

Media issued by ARC Centre for  Excellence in Coral Reef Studies  

An international team of scientists have used genetic 'fin-printing' to gather the first clear proof that small traditional fishing grounds, that are effectively managed by local communities, can help re-stock both themselves and surrounding marine areas. 

The finding has big implications for hundreds of millions of people around the world who depend on coral reefs for food and livelihood.

"This is a really important finding, because it shows that small community-run fisheries can preserve their fish stocks and can boost fish stocks in a surrounding radius of 30 kilometres or more," said Dr Glenn Almany from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.       

 

Image Credit: University of Wollongong

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