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

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2001-01
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Thomas, Frank R.
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University of Hawai’i Press
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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.
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Thomas FR. 2001. Mollusk habitats and fisheries in Kiribati: an assessment from the Gilbert Islands. Pac Sci 55(1): 77-97.
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