Protecting Saba Bank’s Red Hind and Queen Triggerfish Populations

Wageningen Marine Research and the Saba Bank Management Unit (SMBU) recently published an evaluation of the effectiveness of the seasonal fishing bans within Moonfish Bank based on the first five years of fish catch data. These closures were intended to help Red Hind and Queen Triggerfish populations, both of which use this area for mating. Similar closures have been credited with improving reef populations and could be the key to protecting these species in the future. 

Originally published in BioNews 38

For more information, you can find the full report here: Debrot, A.O., Brunel, T., Schop, J., Kuramae, A., Bakkers, Y. 2020. Assessing effectiveness of the seasonal closure of the Moonfish Bank of the Saba Bank for two species of concern, the Red Hind and the Queen Triggerfish: the first five years. Wageningen University & Research report C040/20. 

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