The Mangrove Fishes in the Benin Estuarine System (Benin,West Africa) : Diversity, Degradation And Management Implications
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A preliminary study of the mangrove fishes was undertaken from March 2000 to September 2001 in the Benin estuarine lagoon system in connected to the Mono river; a dam was constructed on this river to provide the Togo and Benin countries with electricity. The research aims to investigate fish species diversity and ecosystem degradation impacts in order to protect and to improve the mangrove fish resources. Specific objectives were (1) to investigate fish assemblages and distribution in the mangrove/estuarine habitat; (2) to investigate relationships between environment features and biological attributes; (3) to evaluate the estuarine ecosystem degradation, with regard to mangrove destruction and recent evolution of the Mono river caused by a dam construction, and impacts on fish population (4) to survey socioeconomic aspects of resources exploitation and (5) to initiate a resource management / conservation plan in participatory approaches. Preliminary results from wet and dry s.....
Spatial CoverageBenin Estuarine System, Benin,West Africa
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