21 Sep '11, 8am

wild shores of singapore: Resorts World Sentosa: will it kill half a million fishes?

wild shores of singapore: Resorts World Sentosa: will it kill half a million fishes?

Fish importers argue that with the use non-destructive methods such as hand-net fishing, this means coral reef fish can be harvested continuously – but new research suggests otherwise. Kolm and Berglund studied the effects of a non-destructive fishing method on the Banggai cardinalfish, which is about two inches long and is silver with black stripes. Popular in North America, Japan and Europe, the fish has been found only in the Banggai archipelago off the east coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is fished throughout its range. Banggai cardinalfish live in groups near long-spined sea urchins and seek shelter in the urchins when threatened. Fishermen take advantage of this behavior by pushing urchins into a cage with a stick, which tricks the fish into swimming right in after them. The researchers monitored the Banggai cardinalfish at eight sites in the archipelago and interv...

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