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Condition, survival and recruitment of reef fishes

Funding: 1999: $80,000
2000: $80,000
2001: $85,000

Project Member(s): Booth, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Large Grant)

Start year: 1999

Summary: Marine fish stocks are in decline worldwide, but there is no clear consensus regarding their population regulation. The supply of larvae onto reefs is currently regarded as a crucial life-history stage in the success of fish populations. This study will focus on variation in condition of newly-recruiting larvae, how condition influences survival and risk of predation, and its influence on recruitment of reef fish populations. A major outcome will be improved ability to assess and manage reef fishes for sustainable harvesting, based on a model that incorporates both quality (condition) and quantity of recruits.


Djurichkovic, LD, Donelson, JM, Fowler, AM, Feary, DA & Booth, DJ 2019, 'The effects of water temperature on the juvenile performance of two tropical damselfishes expatriating to temperate reefs', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1.
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Brunton, BJ & Booth, DJ 2003, 'Density- and size-dependent mortality of a settling coral-reef damselfish (Pomacentrus moluccensis Bleeker)', OECOLOGIA, vol. 137, no. 3, pp. 377-384.
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Booth, D & Alquezar, R 2002, 'Food supplementation increases larval growth, condition and survival of Acanthochromis polyacanthus', Journal of Fish Biology, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 1126-1133.
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Booth, DJ 2002, 'Distribution changes after settlement in six species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) in One Tree Island lagoon, Great Barrier Reef', MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, vol. 226, no. N/A, pp. 157-164.
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Booth, DJ & Beretta, GA 2002, 'Changes in a fish assemblage after a coral bleaching event', MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, vol. 245, no. N/A, pp. 205-212.
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Booth, DJ, Kingsford, MJ, Doherty, PJ & Beretta, GA 2000, 'Recruitment of damselfishes in One Tree Island lagoon: persistent interannual spatial patterns', MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, vol. 202, no. 0, pp. 219-230.
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Booth, DJ 1970, 'Larval supply, condition and persistence of the coral reef fish, Pomacentrus moluccensis.', Proceedings of the Ninth International Coral Reef Symposium, Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the International Society for Reef Studies, Bali, pp. 463-466.

Booth, DJ & Hixon, MA 1999, 'Food ration and condition affect early survival of the coral reef damselfish, Stegastes partitus', OECOLOGIA, vol. 121, no. 3, pp. 364-368.
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FOR Codes: Marine ecosystems, Physiology, Climate and atmosphere, Marine Fisheries, Marine Ecology, Biological sciences