A community-based approach to coral reef system restoration
J. Giddens, A. Friedlander, E. Conklin, C. Wiggins, K. Stamoulis, M. Donovan
The peacock grouper, Cephalopholis argus (roi), was introduced to Hawai‘i in the 1950’s and has become abundant on many local reefs. Roi commonly have ciguatera fish poisoning and are therefore not a preferred food fish for most people. With a strong sentiment among fishers statewide that roi is destroying Hawaii’s near-shore fishery and with removal initiatives being organized at the grass-roots level, evidence is needed to determine both the ecological effects and the long-term feasibility of roi control. This study will evaluate the impact of roi on native reef fishes through. A predator removal experiment in west Hawai‘i. A statewide roi fisheries assessment.
Our goal is to provide managers and fishers with essential information on the impact of roi predation as well as the efficacy of their removal as an ecosystem restoration tool for Hawai‘i’s coral reefs.
Contact: Jonatha Giddens