There is a growing range of publications on many aspects of fish aggregations, from biology of aggregating species, to management and study techniques. Particularly in the late 1990s and 2000s there has been a surge in interest to study them.

Here are the latest publications (some with links to the paper pdf):

Buckley, S.M., Thurstan, R.H., Tobin, A. and Pandolfi, J.M. (2017). Historical Spatial Reconstruction of a Spawning Aggregation Fishery. Conservation Biology. Doi:10.1111/cobi.12940

Erisman, B.E., Cota-Nieto, J.J., Moreno-Baez, M., Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2017). Vulnerbility of spawning aggregations of a coastal marine fish to a small-scale fishery. Mar Biol 164:100

Farmer, N.A., Heyman, W.D., Karnauskas, M., Kobara, S., Smart, T.I., Ballenger, J.C., Reinchert, M.J.M., Wyanski, D.M., Tishler, M.S., lindeman, K.C., Lowerre-Barbieri, S.K., Switzer, T.S., Solomon, J.J., McCain, K., Marhefka, M. and Sedberry, G.R. (2017). Timing and locations of reef fish spawning off the southeastern United States, PLoS 12(3), e0172968. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172968.

Jossart, J., Nemeth, R.S., Primack, A., Stolz, R. (2017). Extreme passive acoustic telemetry detection variability on a mesophotic coral reef, United States Virgin Islands. Mar Biol 164:180.

Lee, S., A. Lewis, R. Gillett, M. Fox, N. Tuqiri, Y. Sadovy, A. Batibasaga, W. Lalavanua, and E. Lovell. 2018. Fiji Fishery Resource Profiles. Information for Management on 44 of the Most Important Species Groups. Gillett, Preston and Associates and the Wildlife Conservation Society, Suva. 240pp.


Lowerre-Barbieri, S., DeCelles, G., Pepin, P., Catalan, I.A., Muhling, B., Erisman, B., Cadrin, S.CX., Alos, J., Ospina-Alvarez, A., Stachura, M.M., Tringali, M.D., Burnsed, S.W., Paris, C.B. (2016). Reproductive resiliance: a paradigm shift in understanding spawner-recruit systems in exploited marine fish. Fish and Fisheries.

Nanami, A., Sato, T., Kawabata, Y. and Okuyama, J. (2017). Spawning aggregation of white-streaked grouper Epinephelus ongus: spatial distribution and annual variation in the fish density within a spawning ground. PeerJ 5: e3000; doi 10.7717/peerj.3000.

Nanninga, G.B. and Spaet, J.L.Y. (2017). Spawning aggregations of the Humphead red snapper, Lutjanus gibbus, in the Taumotus, French Polynesia. Marine Biodiversity 47, 375-376.

Roff, G., Doropoulos, C., Mereb, G. and Mumby, P.J. (2017). Mass spawning aggregation of the giant bumphead parrotfish Bolbometopon muricatum. Journal of Fish Biology, doi: 10.1111/jfb.13340.

Ohta, I., Akita, Y. and Uehara. (2017). Age-based demography and reproductive biology of three Epinephelus groupers, E. polyphekadion, E. tauvina, and E. howlandi (Serranidae), inhabiting coral reefs in Okinawa. Environmental Biology of Fishes, doi 10.1007/s10641-017-0655-5.

Rowell, T.J., Demer, D.A., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Cota-Nieto, J.J., Hyde, J.R. and Erismen, B.E. (2017). Estimating fish abundance at spawning aggregations from courtship sound levels. Scientific Reports 7, 3340, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03383-8.

Semmens, B.X., Pattengill-Semmens, C., McCoy, C., Heppell, S., Bush, P., Johnson, B. and Ebanks-Petrie, G. (2016). Fish spawning aggregation monitoring and management in the modern era: Insights from the Cayman Islands. Proceedings of the 69th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute,

Stump, K., Dahlgren, C.P., Sherman, K.D. and Knapp, C.R. (2017). Nassau grouper migration patterns during full moon suggest collapsed historic fish spawning aggregation and evidence of an undocumented aggregation. Bulletin of Marine Science, 93, 375-389, doi:

Robinson, J. and Samoilys, M. (Co-editors) (2013). Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations in the Western Indian Ocean: Research for Management. WIOMSA/SIDA/SFA/CORDIO. WIOMSA Book Series 13.

Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y. (2016). Mainstreaming fish spawning aggregations into fishery management calls for a precautionary approach. BioScience, 66, 295-306.


We have also assembled a non-exhaustive publications list, which includes papers organized into different sections. There are about 400 records ranging from peer-reviewed publications to reports and thesis.

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