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Commercial Spearfishing (Estimated Average Annual Catch of Reef fish), 2003-2013

Nearshore fisheries in the Main Hawaiian Islands encompass a diverse group of fishers using a wide array of gears and targeting many different species. Communities in Hawai’i often rely on these fisheries for economic, social, and cultural services. However, the stress from overfishing can cause ecosystem degradation and long-term economic loss. This layer represents the average annual commercial catch of reef fish by spear fishing over the years 2003 - 2013 as reported in commercial catch data collected by the State of Hawai’i, Department of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Commercial Marine Landings Database (CML). Commercial catch is reported to DAR in large irregular reporting blocks, by gear and by species.This layer was developed as part of a geospatial database of key anthropogenic pressures to coastal waters of the Main Hawaiian Islands for the Ocean Tipping Points project (http://oceantippingpoints.org/). Ocean tipping points occur when shifts in human use or environmental conditions result in large, and sometimes abrupt, impacts to marine ecosystems. The ability to predict and understand ocean tipping points can enhance ecosystem management, including critical coral reef management and policies to protect ecosystem services produced by coral reefs. The goal of the Ocean Tipping Points Hawaii case study was to gather, process and map spatial information on environmental and human-based drivers of coral reef ecosystem conditions.
Ocean Tipping Points Project
Hawaii and Pacific Ocean
Marine ecology, Marine ecosystem management, Marine ecosystem health, Coral reefs and islands, Environmental impact analysis, Coastal ecosystem health, Reef fisheries, Reef fishing, Oceans, Biology and Ecology, and Environment
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