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Subject: Re: Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations
From: "Ovenden, Jennifer R." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 25 Aug 2000 11:18:23 +1000

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Hi Michael, Yes, I am interested in joining the SCRFA. Please send me info
about the meetings in Bali in October. Thanks, Jenny O

Dr Jenny Ovenden,
Molecular Fisheries Laboratory
Southern Fisheries Centre, PO Box 76 (13 Beach Road)
Deception Bay 4508 Qld AUSTRALIA
email [log in to unmask]
Ph (07) 3817 9585; Fax (07) 3817 9555

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> Subject:      Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations
> On 21 June 2000, La Paz, Mexico, was the venue for a symposium entitled
> The
> Importance of Spawning Aggregations in the Lives of Reef Fishes.  The
> symposium, as part of the annual meeting of the American Society of
> Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, drew experts from around the world's
> oceans.  It was the first opportunity in many years for scientists working
> in
> this area to gather and share their knowledge and experience.  This
> gathering
> proved to be the catalyst for several informal meetings where scientists
> and
> marine resource managers voiced their collective concern for the dire need
> to
> better manage reef fish spawning aggregations.  By the end of the
> symposium,
> this group had decided to join in a formal partnership based on the idea
> that
> together we can raise awareness and develop initiatives to better manage
> reef
> fish spawning aggregations as a valuable and irreplaceable resource.  This
> new partnership, the Society for the Conservatio
> n of Reef Fish Aggregations
> (SCRFA), has formed based on a common belief in the following Mission
> Statement.
> Mission Statement:
> The Society for the Conservation of Reef fish Aggregations (SCRFA) strives
> to
> promote and facilitate the international conservation and management of
> reef
> fish spawning aggregations.
> Through the announcement of SCRFA, we hope to recruit a diverse
> membership,
> attracting representatives from regulatory bodies, NGO's, scientists,
> fishery
> managers, educators and the private sector.  Together this membership will
> directly support, promote, influence and facilitate relevant initiatives
> as
> an independent body. Activities to be developed, or promoted by SCRFA will
> range from ongoing documentation of aggregation status throughout the
> tropics, facilitation of the development of appropriate fishery specific
> management approaches, conservation and management policy, and awareness
> raising. Fundraising initiatives will be directed to these various
> activities. For those who may have an interest in SCRFA, we have provided
> below some basic background information regarding reef fish spawning
> aggregations.  A second meeting is now being scheduled to take place in
> October during the 9th ICRS meetings in Bali, Indonesia.  If you are
> interested in participating in SCRFA, please reply to this message and
> provide your contact information to be placed on the email list.
> Many reef fishes are known to aggregate in large numbers at specific times
> and places to reproduce.  These spawning aggregation sites are often
> located
> at the outer reef edge or reef passes.  Some sites may be used by many
> species, either simultaneously or at different times of day, month or
> year.
> Once they have been discovered, the predictable nature of these
> aggregations
> makes them extremely vulnerable to overexploitation.  Overfishing has
> already
> depleted a substantial number of such reproductive gatherings in the
> Caribbean.  Although scientific documentation is lacking for Asia-Pacific,
> considerable anecdotal evidence also suggests that many spawning
> aggregations
> of groupers (Serranidae) are systematically being destroyed by the live
> reef
> food fish trade, especially in Indonesia and the western Pacific.  Many
> remaining aggregations throughout the tropics are seriously depleted and
> may
> soon disappear if they are not quickly protected.  These aggregations are
> bottlenecks in the lives of many reef fish species, their conservation is
> critical for the persistence of the populations that form them and many
> are
> in urgent need of protection.
> Aggregating species of reef fish could be protected by site-based
> management
> or by incorporating the aggregation site into marine protected areas.
> Alternatively, fishing closures during the brief annual spawning
> aggregation
> periods might be an effective approach. There is presently little
> awareness
> of this problem, very little incorporation of the aggregation phenomenon
> into
> fishery management plans, and no comprehensive global conservation
> strategy
> to address aggregation protection.  Improvement in these areas is the
> founding strategy of SCRFA.
> Contact: Michael L. Domeier, Ph.D., President, Pfleger Institute of
> Environmental Research, 1400 North Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 920554
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