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Estimating Nearshore Fisheries Catch for the Main Hawaiian Islands

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Title: Estimating Nearshore Fisheries Catch for the Main Hawaiian Islands
Authors: McCoy, Kaylyn
Issue Date: Dec 2015
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2015]
Abstract: Nearshore fisheries in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) have great economic, recreational, and cultural value. Currently, information on these fisheries is disparate and incomplete, creating a challenge for effective management. This study combines and synthesizes several commercial and small-scale non-commercial datasets to estimate the total catch of nearshore fisheries in the MHI. Data used came from catch reports submitted by commercial fishers, a statewide recreational fisheries survey, and 12 small-scale, non-commercial creel surveys conducted at sites in Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii. Results include an estimated range for total nearshore catch between 1,441,407 and 7,739,548 kg/yr., with the non-commercial catch between 9 and 53 times the reported commercial reef fish catch. Additionally this study provides a comprehensive overview of the MHI nearshore fishery, including best-available estimates of fishery data such as catch-per-unit-effort (CPUE), gear-preference and participation rates, with data broken out at island-scale. This is likely more appropriate for management purposes than the statewide level at which nearshore catch data is currently reported in the MHI.
Description: M.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51173
Appears in Collections:M.S. - Zoology


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