Cyanide fishing and cyanide detection in coral reef fish using chemical tests and biosensors

Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.
Biosensors & Bioelectronics (Impact Factor: 6.41). 07/2005; 20(12):2581-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2004.09.015
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Sodium cyanide has been used in the Philippines to collect tropical marine fish for aquarium and food trades since the early 1960s. Cyanide fishing is a fast method to stun and collect fish. This practice is damaging the coral reefs irreversibly. In most countries cyanide fishing is illegal, but most of the exporting and importing countries do not have test and certificate systems. Many analytical methods are available for the detection of cyanide in environmental and biological samples. However, most of the techniques are time consuming, and some lack specificity or sensitivity. Besides, an ultra sensitive cyanide detection method is needed due to the rapid detoxification mechanisms in fish. The aim of this review is to give an overview of cyanide fishing problem in the south-east Asia and current strategies to combat this destructive practice, summarise some of the methods for cyanide detection in biological samples and their disadvantages. A novel approach to detect cyanide in marine fish tissues is briefly discussed.

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    • "Illegal resource use can detrimentally affect affiliated species and habitats, reduce biodiversity, and jeopardize the success of protected areas (Pitcher et al., 2002; Turpie et al., 2003; Mak et al., 2005). Additionally, numerous well-documented social and community level impacts of non-compliance such as mistrust of regulators, and tensions among resource users and within the broader public can undermine conservation efforts and ultimately lead to management failure (Pitcher et al., 2002; Turpie et al., 2003; Faasen and Watts, 2007). "
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    • "CN À strongly interacts with the cytochrome a 3 active sites and inhibits cellular respiration in mammalian cells [14] [15]. Cyanide fishing [16] also pollutes waters in areas used for fishing for exotic fish, such as the coral reefs, and is a component of tabun, which is a chemical warfare agent [17]. Currently, various analytical methods have been developed to determine cyanide ion content, such as chromatographic [18], fluorometric [19], flow injection [20] and electrochemical [21] analyses . "
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    • "Because cyanide solution is squeezed onto the reef in a diffuse cloud, fishers cannot target single organisms. Consequently, non-target species and organisms are killed (Barber and Pratt 1998; Rubec et al. 2001), including the eggs and larvae of species desired by fishers (Mak et al. 2005). Overfishing in general results in further reduction of the species' ability to reproduce itself (Pet and Pet-Soede 1999), and heavy fishing with certain types of gear can fundamentally alter habitats as well (Bellwood et al. 2004). "
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