13 Jul '12, 1am

How many stonefishes are at Sentosa? Does culling venomous fishes reduce envenomation incidents?

How many stonefishes are at Sentosa? Does culling venomous fishes reduce envenomation incidents?

How many stonefishes are found on Sentosa's recreational beaches? And does culling venomous fishes reduce envenomation incidents? The superbly camouflaged Stonefish is the shore explorer's nightmare! A fascinating paper "Controlled culling of venomous marine fishes along Sentosa island beaches: A case study of public safety management in the marine environment of Singapore" has just been published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology that shares interesting findings on this question. I learnt from the paper that out of the total of 6,507 fish caught during the survey, almost 45% were venomous fishes. Of which the majority were rabbitfishes (Family Siganidae). The survey did catch 100 stonefishes (Synanceja horrida ) or 1.5% of the total catch. Does consistent culling of venomous fishes have any effect on envenomation incidences? While results indicate that there are no clear ...

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