Cover description: Many people in the Solomon Islands are highly dependent on subsistence fi shing for their livelihoods. Implementing effective conservation actions requires balancing these needs against the need to protect high biological, cultural and linguistic diversity. Strategically identifying social characteristics defi ning the feasibility of conservation actions is essential for developing effective conservation strategies for the coral reefs of the Solomon Islands. Please see the related article in this issue on pages 418-429. Photo credit: Simon Foale.