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4. Fish Landings

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There were 63 fish species recorded during the 18 months Catch Survey but 104 species were recorded during the 6 months support study on fish landings and reproductive biology. More than fifty species of demersal fish were identified, the most important of which were rabbitfish (Siganidae), scavenger (Lethrinidae), snapper (Lutjanidae), grunters (Pomasyidae), rock cod (Serranidae) and parrotfish (Scaridae). The pelagic or surfacedwelling fish contributed approximately 35%, with at least thirty different species. Included in this category were cavilla jack (Carangidae), barracuda (Sphyraenidae), mullet (Mugillidae), bonito (Scombridae), sailfish (Istiophorus) and kingfish (Menticirrhus). Mullet was the fish most commonly reported from the Ngomeni LS, which had quite a different ecology from the other landing sites. In the Mayungu LS and Uyombo LS, rabbitfish was most prevalent, being present in half to three-quarters of the catches.

Keywords: fish landings; Mayungu; Mullet; Ngomeni; Snapper; Uyombo



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