Assessment of the trade in live reef fish in the Indian Ocean

In early 1998, the International Marinelife Alliance and the World Resources Institute launched the Destructive Fishing Reform Initiative.

The objective of the Initiative is to protect Indo- Pacific coral reefs of outstanding significance from cyanide and other forms of destructive fishing, prevent over-harvesting of live reef fish trade target species, and to establish durable and sustainable reef management policies and practices.

The purpose of this project was to provide an overview of coral reef fisheries and destructive fishing practices in the region as a starting point for further action under the Destructive Fishing Reform Initiative.This project involved field assessments in Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives.

This project was funded by the International Marinelife Alliance and the World Resources Institute.

Bentley, N and Aumeeruddy,R (1999) The live reef fishery in the Seychelles. Live Reef Fish Information Bulletin. 6.