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Trends in the capture fisheries in Cuyo East Pass, Philippines

January 1, 2014

Findings are presented of a comprehensive analysis of time series catch and effort data from 2000 to 2006 collected from a multi-species, multi-gear and two-sector (municipal and commercial) capture fisheries in Cuyo East Pass, Philippines. Multivariate techniques were used to determine temporal variation in species composition and gear selectivity that corresponded with annual trends in catch and effort. Distinct annual variation in species composition was found for five fisheries classified according to sector-gear combination, corresponding decline in catch diversity, noted shifts in gears used, and an erratic CPUE trend as a result of catch variation.  These patterns and trends illustrate the occurrence of ecosystem overfishing for Cuyo East Pass.  Our approach provided a holistic representation of the fishing situation, condition of the fisheries and corresponding implications to the ecosystem, fitting well within the context of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

Publication Year 2014
Title Trends in the capture fisheries in Cuyo East Pass, Philippines
Authors Tee-Jay A. San Diego, William L. Fisher
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies
Index ID 70193262
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown