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Mollusk Habitats and Fisheries in Kiribati: An Assessment from the Gilbert Islands

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Title:Mollusk Habitats and Fisheries in Kiribati: An Assessment from the Gilbert Islands
Authors:Thomas, Frank R.
Date Issued:Jan 2001
Publisher:University of Hawai’i Press
Citation:Thomas FR. 2001. Mollusk habitats and fisheries in Kiribati: an assessment from the Gilbert Islands. Pac Sci 55(1): 77-97.
Abstract:Biological and ecological attributes of 24 species of edible bivalves and
gastropods from the Gilbert Islands Group, Kiribati, Micronesia, were assessed
for their resilience by examining size at maturity, intertidal burying, adjacent
subtidal populations, benthic mobility, and larval type. Foraging for mollusks is
largely confined to the intertidal and shallow subtidal regions, although modern
diving gear and outboard motors now provide human foragers access to offshore
resources. Changes brought about by human demographic pressures have resulted
in overexploitation of a number of molluscan resources. It is suggested
that the sustainable use of invertebrates and other marine species for food and
nonfood purposes in Kiribati rests on a remodeled form of marine tenure.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 55, Number 1, 2001

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