How Logging Threatens an Iconic Reef Fish in the Solomon Islands


Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is the largest of the parrotfish, reaching over 50 kg in weight and achieving a maximum age of 40 years. Schools of bumphead parrotfish sleep at predicable locations on coral reefs, making this species highly vulnerable to overfishing by night-time spearfishers. A less well known cause of vulnerability is the restriction of juvenile bumphead parrotfish to high coral cover lagoonal reefs that can be detrimentally impacted by poor land based practices. This film overviews a scientific study that sought to quantify the impacts of logging on nursery areas of bumphead parrotfish in Isabel Province, Solomon Islands.

(Video produced by The Nature Conservancy)

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