The conservation status of Niugini black bass: a world-renowned sport fish with an uncertain future

Sheaves, M., Baker, R., McLeod, I., Abrantes, K., Wani, J., and Barnett, A. (2016) The conservation status of Niugini black bass: a world-renowned sport fish with an uncertain future. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 23 (3-4). pp. 243-252.

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The Niugini black bass, Lutjanus goldiei Bloch, is an estuarine and freshwater fish species endemic to New Guinea and the surrounding islands. It is the focus of a growing sport fishing industry that has the potential to provide long-standing benefits to local people. Plantation agriculture, mining and logging are expanding in many catchments where L. goldiei is found, creating the potential for these industries to impact on L. goldiei and the environments it relies on. Understanding of the current status of the species, including its biology, ecology and distribution, is essential for its sustainable management. However, very little is known about the species. Here, the published literature, unpublished data and interviews with anglers and fisheries officers were used to draw together existing knowledge, assess the current conservation status, make a preliminary analysis of threats and identify key areas for research that will support the sustainable development of the L. goldiei sport fishing industry while fostering positive conservation outcomes.

Item ID: 43835
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2400
Keywords: conservation, estuary, fishing, freshwater, Lutjanid, tourism
Funders: Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (PNGNFA), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR FIS/2013/015 Sustainable Management of Sportfisheries for Communities in Papua New Guinea
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 01:52
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 20%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
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