Bodianus frenchii. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2
Russell, B., Choat, H., Pollard, D. and Fairclough, D. (2010) Bodianus frenchii. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2.
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This species is long lived and relatively common. Major threats are capture in trawl and line fisheries, both commercial and recreational. Juveniles are occasionally taken by aquarium fish collectors (probably minor use). There is no detailed published information on its population characteristics. Given the life history traits of this species, it is very likely that the population has declined due to fishing activity, especially in Western Australia, where there are now bag limits of eight and 40 fishes per day. Over three generation lengths (60 years), it is estimated that the population has declined at least 20%, but is likely more. It is therefore it listed as Near Threatened. Better catch statistics are needed to determine the impact of fishing on this species population.
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