While stocks last: understanding the impacts of habitat degradation on fish reproductive spawning migrations
Funding or Partner Organisation: Ian Potter Foundation (Ian Potter Foundation Grants)
Start year: 2015
Summary: This grant will enable us to study the impact of environmental disturbance on the reproductive behaviour of ecologically and economically important species of tropical marine fishes. The project will use methods of acoustic telemetry to track fishes to and from reproductive aggregations, testing their fidelity to particular spawning sites. Then, the impact of habitat degradation on where, when and how often these fishes are able to reproduce will be tested. This information will help us understand what the effects of environmental disturbances such as dredging might be on the reproductive output and population dynamics of critical reef fish species.
FOR Codes: Ecology, Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Marine biodiversity