Abundance, biomass and species composition of nearshore fish assemblages in Ghana, West Africa

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dc.contributor.author Nunoo, F.K.E.
dc.contributor.author Eggleston, D.B.
dc.contributor.author Vanderpuye, C.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-22T09:58:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-22T09:58:01Z
dc.date.issued 2006-11
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.2989/18142320609504217
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/28795
dc.description.abstract Many of the world's fish populations are overexploited, including Ghana's fish resources. This study examines spatio-temporal trends in fish species composition in relation to biotic, abiotic and anthropogenic factors, towards achieving better-informed management of the beach-seine fisheries. Fishery-dependent data were collected between November 1999 and October 2001 from 94 beach-seine hauls fished at two stations along the Ghanaian coast. The catch consisted of fish, crustaceans, other invertebrates, and macroalgae. Generally, juveniles of species that are exploited by offshore fisheries were found in the catches. Species abundance and their occurrence generally peaked between November and January. Duration of solar radiation and tide level appeared to be important predictors of fish biomass. It is important to exploit the nearshore fish assemblage sustainably because of its nursery role. A co-managed (fishers and government) three-month ban on beach-seining (between May and July) is recommended as the most appropriate control measure towards the sustainability of Ghanaian fish stocks. Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Journal of Marine Science en_US
dc.subject Artisanal en_US
dc.subject Beach-seine en_US
dc.subject Fisheries en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Nearshore en_US
dc.subject Surf zone en_US
dc.subject West Africa en_US
dc.title Abundance, biomass and species composition of nearshore fish assemblages in Ghana, West Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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