SCRFA is an international marine science & conservation NGO 501(c)(3)
As a non-profit organisation based in the USA, we work on fish aggregations globally.
We provide scientific and management information and participate in international committees, meetings and workshops to promote responsible stewardship of fish aggregations.
Why work on fish aggregations?
♦ Many fishes form aggregations for reproduction or feeding
♦ For most fishes, spawning aggregations are unique opportunities to reproduce
♦ Unmanaged fishing on aggregations, especially spawning aggregations, can rapidly deplete fish populations, impacting on the ecosystem and the livelihoods of those who depend on the fish
♦ Take a look at this 3-minute film about the importance of fish aggregations:
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At the recent International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) meeting in Okinawa, Japan, SCRFA and the ICRI Ad Hoc Committee of Reef Associated Fisheries launched the most up to date information on how the world's fish aggregations on coral reefs are faring.
"This is the first global assessment done on fish aggregations to report on their status. Currently over a quarter of the records show a declining trend in numbers of fish aggregating, and an alarming 4% are documented as having disappeared entirely", says Martin Russell, Chair of SCRFA.
This Status Report provides the current status based on the best available information for fish spawning aggregations globally. An analysis of 888 records of fish spawning aggregations for over 200 species from 44 families in 52 countries has revealed important information for science and management of fish aggregations and the fisheries they support. The records are maintained in a global web-based database managed by Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA).
The Nature Conservancy just released a short film about Bumphed parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) that aggregate for feeding, sleeping and spawning.
This fish is the largest of the parrotfish, reaching over 50 kg in weight and achieing a maximum age of 40 years. Schools of bumphead parrotfish sleep at predicable locations on coral reefs, making this species highly vulnerable to overfishing by night-time spearfishers. A less well known cause of vulnerability is the restriction of juvenile bumphead parrotfish to high coral cover lagoonal reefs that can be detrimentally impacted by poor land based practices.
"This film overviews a scientific study that sought to quantify the impacts logging on nursery areas of bumphead parrotfish in Isabel Province, Solomon Islands”, says Dr Rick Hamilton, TNC and SCRFA Board member.
"Snapper Spawn", a short film by SCRFA won the “Dotcomentary” Short for Internet Category Award at the Reef Renaissance Film Festival on 8 July 2014.
The film was screened at the gala event in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in celebration and promotion of World Oceans Day.
"This is a great honour and recognition of hard work with passion to show a broad audience the true wonders of fish aggregations, and the need to protect them", says Dr Brad Erisman, film director and SCRFA Board member.
Filmed in the turquoise waters of Palau, this spectacular short film directed by Dr Brad Erisman from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Alfredo Barroso a world class videographer from Mexico brings to the world stage the mysterious and fragile phenomenon of Two-Spot Red Snapper aggregating to spawn in their thousands - it's a brief insight into their fascinating world.
...during a recent SCRFA expedition, Brad and Alfredo witnessed and filmed using high definition cameras this spectacular fish spawning aggregation. Not only an incredible experience for Brad and Alfredo, but one of only a few opportunities each year for these fish to gather and create the next generation of fish.