Original Published Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2013

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.