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    The influence of pearl oyster farming on reef fish abundance and diversity in Ahe, French Polynesia.
    Mar Pollut Bull 2014 Jan 15;78(1-2):43-50. Epub 2013 Dec 15.
    Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0266, USA. Electronic address:
    Many cultured pearl farms are located in areas of the Pacific that have thriving, highly diverse fish communities but the impacts of farming on these communities are poorly understood. We studied the effects of pearl oyster farming on shore fish abundance and diversity in the lagoon of Ahe, French Polynesia by adapting roving diver census methods to the coral reef bommies of the lagoon and compared 16 sites with high pearl farming impact to others with no direct impact. Pearl farming has a slightly positive effect on reef fish abundance (N) and no significant impact on fish diversity (H) or community composition. This is important when considering the ecological sustainability of pearl farming in French Polynesia and suggests that a potential synergy between pearl farms and marine conservation should be further explored.

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