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The behavioral ecology of shellfish gathering in Western Kiribati, Micronesia 1: prey choice

Thomas, Frank R. (2007) The behavioral ecology of shellfish gathering in Western Kiribati, Micronesia 1: prey choice. Human Ecology, 35 (2). pp. 179-194. ISSN 0300-7839

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Abstract

Focusing on contemporary shellfish exploitation among several atoll communities in Kiribati, Micronesia, this paper examines the relationship between human foragers and their invertebrate prey via the prey choice or diet breadth model derived from optimal foraging theory. Shellfish, like many other reef organisms, are relatively sedentary and predictable, but these characteristics make them susceptible to over-harvesting. The research reveals that shellfish gatherers are foraging in a manner that matches the predictions of optimal foraging theory. The work adds to our understanding of optimal foraging decisions in atoll settings by critically evaluating the depiction of atoll dwellers as conservationists.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2007 15:30
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 19:39
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/25
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