WCS 3-Sentence Science
Leopard Coral Grouper: Overexploited
June 6, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present the work of the WCS Indonesia program on measuring leopard coral group population abundance in Saleh Bay:
- Researchers measured the population stock in Saleh Bay, Indonesia of the commercially valuable leopard coral grouper (Plectropomus leopardus), a species subject to population collapse due to high fishing pressure.
- The researchers used yield-per-recruit modeling to evaluate population stock and to estimate a biological reference point finding that the species is in fact over-exploited in Saleh Bay.
- To reduce fishing mortality, they recommend limiting the catch size and control on spear gun fishing.
Study and Journal: “Yield-per-recruit modeling as biological reference points to provide fisheries management of Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus leopardus) in Saleh Bay, West Nusa Tenggara” from IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science WCS Co-Author(s): Irma Agustina, (Lead) , WCS Indonesia Program ; H. Retroningtyas and Irfan Yulianto, , WCS Indonesia program
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