Publication Date

2-2013

Series Number

Fisheries Research Report No. 239

Publisher

Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries

ISBN

978-1-921845-53-6

ISSN

1035 - 4549

Abstract

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the Indian Ocean (12° 12” S, 96° 54” E). The group is comprised of two separate coral atolls, consisting of 27 islands. The southern atoll consists of 26 islands, surrounding a shallow lagoon, two of which are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600 people. Management of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ fish resources is conducted by the Department of Fisheries Western Australia (DoF), on behalf of the Commonwealth Government, under a Service Delivery Agreement (SDA). Between 2006 and 2011 DoF has conducted annual risk assessments to focus research and management objectives for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This report summarises the research on three invertebrate groups (holothurians, Lambis lambis and giant clams) that were highlighted as high-risk, either due to lack of knowledge and/or current/potential fishing pressure. The key findings of the research projects are discussed below.

Number of Pages

101

Keywords

Marine invertebrates; Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Indian Ocean; Beche-de-mer; Lambis lambis; STROMBIDAE; Giant clam; TRIDACNA DERASA; Tridacna maxima; Abundance; Biomass; Population number; Population density; Reproduction; Geographical distribution; Overfishing; Fishery management

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