Many fishes form spawning aggregations, spatially and temporally discrete gatherings solely for reproduction. For most species, these are unique opportunities to reproduce and many have a long history of commercial importance. It is now widely acknowledged that unmanaged fishing on spawning aggregations can rapidly deplete fish populations with undesirable impacts on the species and the livelihoods of those who depend on them.
(SCRFA) Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations formed in 2000 to promote responsible stewardship of reef fish spawning aggregations. In 2012 we modified our name from Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations to reflect our focus on science and our inclusion of all aggregating fish species. Our work highlights the vulnerability of fish spawning aggregations to fishing, and the need for their better management.
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