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Overfishing
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Introduction
Fishing activities on coral reefs occur for a variety of reasons including subsistence, income generation, and recreation. Globally, fishing activities are occurring at a level that often leads to the depletion of certain reef species. This overfishing of fish and invertebrates is a major concern in many areas of the world. More than 25 of the world’s most valuable fisheries have been seriously depleted (Clark 1996). Adding to this problem is the lack of adequate management and enforcement in many of these areas and the use of destructive fishing techniques.
A shovelnose ray and a hammerhead shark among the catch Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia (S. Palaniappan, from ReefBase: http://www.reefbase.org)
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