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Standing Out in a Big Crowd: High Cultural and Economic Value of Naso unicornis in the Insular Pacific

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The Australian Institute of Marine Science, Crawley, WA 6008, Australia
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Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii, HI 96818, USA
Fishes 2019, 4(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/fishes4030040
Received: 18 June 2019 / Revised: 25 June 2019 / Accepted: 26 June 2019 / Published: 3 July 2019
Hundreds of fish species are harvested in coral-reef fisheries in the Indo-Pacific region using a variety of fishing gears. This diversity makes the economics, ecology, and management of reef-associated fisheries inherently complex. However, across insular fisheries spanning the tropical Pacific, one species consistently dominates contemporary fisheries catch: the bluespine unicornfish (Naso unicornis, Acanthuridae). I evaluated the relative contribution of N. unicornis to commercial fisheries in the insular Pacific region from long-term (>1 year) fishery surveys across various jurisdictions and provide evidence of the contemporary cultural value of this species. Overall, evidence suggests that N. unicornis is the most commercially-valuable reef-associated fish species across the insular Pacific. This notion, coupled with a diverse representation of N. unicornis across Pacific cultures, suggests that the species is presently underappreciated in its role in coastal fisheries across Pacific Island nations. View Full-Text
Keywords: coral-reef fisheries; unicornfish; Naso unicornis; commercial value; Pacific Islands coral-reef fisheries; unicornfish; Naso unicornis; commercial value; Pacific Islands
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Taylor, B.M. Standing Out in a Big Crowd: High Cultural and Economic Value of Naso unicornis in the Insular Pacific. Fishes 2019, 4, 40. https://doi.org/10.3390/fishes4030040

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