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  • People and Fish in Fiji: an ethnobiological study of a coral reef ecosystem
  • Gordon, Andrew Ross
  • en
  • ethnobiology
    Kadavu fish names
    cultural keystone species
    coral reef fish categories
    Kadavu sea cucumber names
    Astrolabe Reef
  • May 25, 2010 8:10 PM
  • Thesis
  • en
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  • People are active participants in coral reef ecosystems. This ethnobiology study considers and contrasts folkbiological knowledge of people living in two groups of artisanal fishing villages in Kadavu Province, Fiji. The high level of biological diversity on the Astrolabe Reef provides insights into folk categorization and classification methods that include colour, shape, size, physical features, and habits of certain reef fish and marine animals. Surveying large numbers of experts and novices on defined groups of creatures yields more depth and range of responses allowing higher confidence levels in response accuracy. A comparison of the data with Berlin’s (1992) proposed principles yields mixed results. Sea cucumbers have high ecological salience and their identification requires attention to the affect of two centuries of trade on Fijian society. Effective ethnobiological research provides productive options to contribute to coral reef sustainability programs with long term benefits for local people and marine life. Key words: Kadavu, naming and classification of fish, coral reef ethnobiology.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Fall 2010
  • Forth, Gregory (Anthropology)
  • Lowrey, Kathleen (Anthropology)
    Samson, Jane (History and Classics)


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