Warner, George F.; Linton, Dulcie M.
Centre for Marine Sciences
The effects of a “fish-run” on the Ocho Rios reef fishery
Proceedings of the Sixth Conference, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences edited by Daniel Coore and Robert J.Lancashire.
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March 18-20, 2003
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University of the West Indies, Mona. Kingston, Jamaica
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A five-month study of the reef fishery from the Sailor Hole Fishing beach, Ocho Rios, is described. The catch composition was generally typical of reef fisheries on the Jamaican north coast and comparable to data collected at Discovery Bay. “Less preferred” species made up a large proportion of the catch and mean individual fish sizes were small relative to size at maturity and maximum attainable size for the species, indicating severe over fishing. However, an unexpectedly large number of snappers were caught during a very short period within the survey, indicating a “fish-run”. The effects of this fish-run on the fishery are examined in relation to catch composition, effectiveness of gear and fishing effort. Fisheries management in relation to fish-runs and spawning aggregations is briefly discussed.....