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An assessment of a recreational beach clam fishery: Current fishing pressure and opinions regarding the initiation of a commercial clam harvest

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Schoeman, D (1996) An assessment of a recreational beach clam fishery: Current fishing pressure and opinions regarding the initiation of a commercial clam harvest. SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF WILDLIFE RESEARCH, 26 (4). pp. 160-170. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Questionnaire surveys and catch inspections were employed to estimate the current annual yield to an informal Donax serra fishery and to assess the opinions of clam collectors as to the initiation of a commercial clam fishery. The current fishery is entirely recreational, without a subsistence component. It accounts for no more than 2% of the standing stock and less than 7% of the maximum sustainable yield. Existing regulations appear to be adequate for managing this fishery, despite frequent contraventions. Current participants in the recreational clam fishery are strongly opposed to a commercial harvest and the establishment of such an enterprise in the area would have to accommodate the requirements of recreationalists.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
ID Code:482
Deposited By:Dr David Schoeman
Deposited On:09 Nov 2009 16:00
Last Modified:28 Mar 2012 16:20

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