Human exploitation and conservation of sea snakes In Sabah

Anna Wong (2006) Human exploitation and conservation of sea snakes In Sabah. Journal Of Tropical Biology And Conservation, 2. pp. 17-26. ISSN 1823-3902 (P-ISSN) , 2550-1909 (E-ISSN)

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Abstract

This study looks into the exploitation of sea snakes in relation to fish harvesting where sea snakes are frequently caught in fishing nets, on the west coast of Sabah. Commercial fishing operations have increased tremendously, with a 36-fold increase of marine fish landing by using trawl nets since 1988 to 1997. This study found that mean number of sea snakes caught per trawl was 23 specimens, and 46 sea snakes per trawler per landing. For the last ten years, a total of I .3 million sea snakes are estimated to have died. It is remarkable that trawler killed more than six hundred thousand sea snakes per year recently, yet the sea snakes continued to survive. Compared with the previous study (carried out 10 years ago before this study), the species diversity and abundance of sea snakes on the west coast of Sabah is still high. This might be explained by the presence of suitable habitats. adequate food resources and healthy environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: By-catch , Borneo , Malaysia , Trawling
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL1-991 Zoology > QL605-739.8 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL640-669.3 Reptiles and amphibians
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Depositing User: SAFRUDIN BIN DARUN -
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 08:59
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 08:59
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/31107

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