(certain species of the genus Plectropomus) are now more common and bigger on average in protected spots than in comparable places still being fished, researchers report online March 26 in Current Biology.
The rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to place one third of it in highly protected areas has resulted in consistently more and larger coral trout
and other target fish in zones protected from fishing - and fish populations outside these areas appear to be benefiting too.
Today, it seems prudent to heed the plight of the Great Barrier Reef coral trout
, Plectropomus leopardus.
This is the very first incidence of melanoma being diagnosed in the coral trout
The restrictions have led to major recoveries of reef fish--including the coral trout
and stripy sea perch--and declines in the crown-of-thorns starfish, a large starfish with up to 21 arms that lives and preys on corals, killing them in the process.
coral reefs, due to increased coral bleaching; this would have flow-on effects for fisheries based on reef-associated species, such as coral trout
and red emperor
are the most heavily fished species on the Great Barrier Reef.
Common coral trout
(Plectropomus leopardus) were collected as part of the Cooperative Research Centre for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (CRC Reef) Effects of Line Fishing (ELF) experiment (Campbell et al.
Gourmet menu items include: Casava Chips with Coconut Pesto Dip, Papaya Soup, Sesame-Crusted Coral Trout
and Gin and Lime Mouse.
Panther grouper, leopard grouper, and coral trout
are notoriously difficult to catch--but there they are--ready to be picked out for a diner's pleasure.
Effects of thyroxine and thiourea on the metamorphosis of coral trout
grouper, Plectropomus leopardus.
The memory of pulling in a huge, wonderfully coloured coral trout
will live with me forever -and so will the taste of it after the chef cooked it to perfection that night.