TitleLarval supply to a marine reserve and adjacent fished area in the Soufriere Marine Management Area, St Lucia, West Indies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsValles, H, Sponaugle, S, Oxenford, HA
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Type of ArticleJournal Article

A total of 76 reef fish species from 31 families was collected at two coral reef sites, one in a marine reserve and the other in an adjacent fished area of the Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) in St. Lucia. Five families (Scaridae, Pomacentridae. Synodontidae. Apogonidae and Blennidae) dominated the collections at both bites while species of high commercial value were rare. Monthly patterns of larval supply differed among selected species, but overall trends were similar between the two sites for most species, However. despite the geographical proximity of the two sites, the fished area received a consistently higher abundance and diversity of larvae than the marine reserve throughout the study period. Patterns in larval supply generally were reflected in the settlement patterns of Stegastes partitus. Results suggest that local-scale variation in hydrodynamic and or biological features is influencing the arrival and hence settlement of larvae at the reef. (C) 2001 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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