A broad-scale analysis of links between coastal fisheries production and mangrove extent : a case-study for northeastern Australia

Manson, F. J., Loneragan, N. R., Harch, B. D., Skilleter, G. A., & Williams, L. (2005) A broad-scale analysis of links between coastal fisheries production and mangrove extent : a case-study for northeastern Australia. Fisheries Research, 74(1-3), pp. 69-85.

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The paradigm that mangroves are critical for sustaining production in coastal fisheries is widely accepted, but empirical evidence has been tenuous. This study showed that links between mangrove extent and coastal fisheries production could be detected for some species at a broad regional scale (1000s of kilometres) on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. The relationships between catch-per-unit-effort for different commercially caught species in four fisheries (trawl, line, net and pot fisheries) and mangrove characteristics, estimated from Landsat images were examined using multiple regression analyses. The species were categorised into three groups based on information on their life history characteristics, namely mangrove-related species (banana prawns Penaeus merguiensis, mud crabs Scylla serrata and barramundi Lates calcarifer), estuarine species (tiger prawns Penaeus esculentus and Penaeus semisulcatus, blue swimmer crabs Portunus pelagicus and blue threadfin Eleutheronema tetradactylum) and offshore species (coral trout Plectropomus spp.). For the mangrove-related species, mangrove characteristics such as area and perimeter accounted for most of the variation in the model; for the non-mangrove estuarine species, latitude was the dominant parameter but some mangrove characteristics (e.g. mangrove perimeter) also made significant contributions to the models. In contrast, for the offshore species, latitude was the dominant variable, with no contribution from mangrove characteristics. This study also identified that finer scale spatial data for the fisheries, to enable catch information to be attributed to a particular catchment, would help to improve our understanding of relationships between mangroves and fisheries production.

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ID Code: 72822
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, Fisheries, Habitat, Life-history, Mangroves, Queensland, Regression analysis, biological production, catch per unit effort, fishery, latitude, mangrove, Australasia, Eastern Hemisphere, World, Alectis ciliaris, Anthozoa, Decapoda (Crustacea), Eleutheronema, Eleutheronema tetradactylum, Fenneropenaeus merguiensis, Lates calcarifer, Panthera tigris, Penaeus esculentus, Penaeus monodon, Penaeus semisulcatus, Plectropomus, Portunus pelagicus, Rhizophoraceae, Salmonidae, Scylla serrata
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2005.04.001
ISSN: 01657836
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2014 02:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 00:32

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