MOSTLY LEGAL, BUT NOT SUSTAINABLE: How airlines can support sustainable trade in live reef food fish
The Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has publicly
committed to being the world’s greenest airport; a
commitment that is the first of its kind in the industry.
As part of this commitment, and in light of growing
international concern over the Live Reef Food Fish Trade
(LRFFT), in November 2013 the Airport Authority Hong
Kong (AAHK) commissioned a study of the LRFFT and
its implications as regards both HKIA’s own corporate
responsibility commitments and that of its business
partners such as airlines.
This document presents an overview of the LRFFT
along with a summary of the related environmental and
social concerns. The nature of the supply chain is explored
in terms of the role of its actors, with a particular focus
on the transportation sector. The report concludes with a
focus on opportunities for the aviation industry and its allied
service providers with recommendations for consideration. Download the publication.
Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations: Biology, Research and Management
Reef fish spawning aggregations, ranging from small groups to many tens of thousands of individuals, are spectacular but poorly known natural phenomena whereby fish assemble at specific times and locations to spawn. For some species these large groups may be the only form of reproduction, the high fish numbers briefly giving a false impression of stability and abundance—an ‘illusion of plenty’. They are often a focus for intensive seasonal fishing because of their predictability and because many important commercial fishes form them.
This book provides comprehensive and practical coverage of the biology, study and management of reef fish aggregations, exploring their how, when, where, and why. It explores ways to better protect, study, manage and conserve them, while identifying key data gaps and questions. Take a look.
Groupers of the World: A Field and Market Guide
Groupers of the World is a guide to all the more than 160 recognised species of these mostly large, colourful, tropical reef fishes, also known as rockcod. The publication has up-to-date biological, ecological and population information for each species, including an assessment of conservation status.
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Fishing groupers towards extinction
Fishing groupers towards extinction: a global assessment of threats and extinction risks in a billion dollar fishery
Groupers are a valuable fishery resource of reef ecosystems and are among those species most vulnerable to fishing pressure because of life history characteristics including longevity, late sexual maturation and aggregation spawning. Despite their economic importance, few grouper fisheries are regularly monitored or managed at the species level, and many are reported to be undergoing declines. To identify major threats to groupers, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List criteria were applied to all 163 species. Better management of fishing and other conservation efforts are urgently needed, and we provide examples of possible actions and constraints.