Planning for the impacts of land-uses on coral reef fisheries (2016–2019)

Fisheries support the livelihoods of 12% of the world¿s population. Land-based activities are among the most significant threats to coral reef fisheries because sediments and nutrients degrade reefs; yet they are often ignored in fisheries management. We aim to develop models that can (1) determine the ecological and economic impacts of land-use changes (e.g., agriculture) on fisheries and (2) assess alternative land-use plans that seek to maximise economic opportunity whilst protecting fisheries. By improving the sustainability of coastal development, biodiversity conservation, and health of fisheries, these models could deliver socioeconomic and environmental benefits for millions of people reliant upon fisheries for their livelihoods.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council