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Aggregation sites are declining worldwide, but numerous case-studies demonstrate that protected aggregations can recover and benefit fisheries by increasing biomass, catch rates, and larval recruitment.
AUTHORS: Erisman, B., Heyman, W., Kobara, S., Ezer, T., Pittman, S., Aburto‐Oropeza, O. and Nemeth, R.S.
While fisheries management and biodiversity conservation are typically divided, this study offered a path for fishers, scientists, resource managers, and conservationists to operate together with large benefits to fisheries and biodiversity conservation. Evidence pointed to the need to globally recognize fish spawning aggregations as a focal point for management and conservation. Aggregation sites serve as productivity hotspots that support food web dynamics, ecosystem health, and robust fisheries. These aggregations sites are declining worldwide, but numerous case-studies demonstrated that protected aggregations can recover and benefit fisheries through increases in biomass, catch rates, and larval recruitment.This study, shared over 30 times on social media, increased the predictability of these spawning aggregations and allowing for monitoring, assessment, and enforcement of the region. By prioritizing these sites, this publication offered a comprehensive solution to the marine community.