Considering multiple-species attributes to understand better the effects of successive changes in protection status on a coral reef fish assemblage

Type Article
Date 2009
Language English
Author(s) Preuss Bastien1, Pelletier DominiqueORCID1, Wantiez Laurent2, Letourneur Yves3, Sarramegna Sebastien4, Kulbicki Michel5, Galzin Rene6, Ferraris Jocelyne5
Affiliation(s) 1 : IRD UR CoReUs EMH Ifremer, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
2 : Univ Nouvelle Caledonie, LIVE, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
3 : Univ Aix Marseille 2, Ctr Oceanol Marseille, CNRS, UMR 6540, F-13288 Marseille, France.
4 : Aquarium Lagons, Noumea, New Caledonia.
5 : Univ Perpignan, IRD UR CoReUs, F-66860 Perpignan, France.
6 : Univ Perpignan, CNRS EPHE UPVD UMR5244, F-66860 Perpignan, France.
Source ICES Journal of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford university press), 2009 , Vol. 66 , N. 1 , P. 170-179
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsn204
WOS© Times Cited 10
Keyword(s) MPA effect, Fishing effect, Fish assemblage, Coral reef ecosystem, Assessment model
Abstract The response of fish assemblages to changes in protection status is a major issue for both biodiversity conservation and fishery management. In New Caledonia, the Abore reef marine reserve harbours more than 500 fish species, and has been subjected to changes in protection status since 1988. The present study investigates the impact of these changes on a wide subset of species (213), based on underwater visual counts collected before the opening and after the closure to fishing of this marine protected area (MPA). We analysed the spatial and temporal variability in fish assemblage attributable to protection status, explicitly considering habitat. To understand the successive responses of fish assemblage to fishing and protection, the assessment models included four criteria de. ning species groups that partition the fish assemblage: trophic regime, adult size, mobility, and interest for fishing. We could therefore identify the negative impact of opening the MPA to fishing on piscivores and highly mobile species. Surprisingly, target species were not affected more than non-target species. Model results were used to identify species groups that respond to fishing and protection. These results utilize fisheries-related criteria to provide new insight into the response of fish assemblages to protection from the perspective of MPA monitoring.
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Preuss Bastien, Pelletier Dominique, Wantiez Laurent, Letourneur Yves, Sarramegna Sebastien, Kulbicki Michel, Galzin Rene, Ferraris Jocelyne (2009). Considering multiple-species attributes to understand better the effects of successive changes in protection status on a coral reef fish assemblage. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66(1), 170-179. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :