Projections for many subsistence fisheries in the tropics indicate a dramatic decline is looming in the coming decades. A decline in fish catch would have profound impacts on the health and livelihoods of these coastal communities. In this seminar, Dr Simon Albert will compare data from fish catches in 1995 and 2011 from a rural coastal community in Solomon Islands to examine the potentially changing coastal reef fishery at these time points. In particular, highlighting changes in preferred fishing locations, fishing methodology and catch composition between these data sets. The use of Fish Aggregation Devices as a response to supplement these fisheries will be discussed. These Solomon Island communities are also under threat from some of the fastest rates of sea-level rise globally. Dr Albert will present results of dramatic island-scale responses to rising seas and associated social impacts.
About the speaker:
Dr Simon Albert has a rapidly developing profile in coral reef herbivore interactions and community based fisheries management in the Pacific region. Simon’s PhD on interactions between water quality and herbivory on coral reefs in Fiji and the Solomon Islands has filled an important geographical gap in understanding the importance of herbivores on coral reefs. More broadly Simon’s work in the Solomon Islands has involved a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the socio-ecological drivers of change to near shore ecosystems and combining traditional and scientific knowledge to develop community based management mechanisms for marine and terrestrial ecosystems.