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When can marine reserves improve fisheries management?


Hilborn, R and Stokes, K and Maguire, JJ and Smith, T and Botsford, LW and Mangel, M and Orensanz, J and Parma, A and Rice, J and Bell, J and Cochrane, KL and Garcia, S and Hall, SJ and Kirkwood, GP and Sainsbury, K and Stefansson, G and Walters, C, When can marine reserves improve fisheries management?, Ocean & Coastal Management, 47, (3-4) pp. 197-205. ISSN 0964-5691 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2004.04.001


Marine reserves are a promising tool for fisheries management and conservation of biodiversity, but they are not a panacea for fisheries management problems. For fisheries that target highly mobile single species with little or no by-catch or habitat impact, marine reserves provide few benefits compared to conventional fishery management tools. For fisheries that are multi-species or on more sedentary stocks, or for which broader ecological impacts of fishing are an issue, marine reserves have some potential advantages. Their successful use requires a case-by-case understanding of the spatial structure of impacted fisheries, ecosystems and human communities. Marine reserves, together with other fishery management tools, can help achieve broad fishery and biodiversity objectives, but their use will require careful planning and evaluation. Mistakes will be made, and without planning, monitoring and evaluation, we will not learn what worked, what did not, and why. If marine reserves are implemented without case by case evaluation and appropriate monitoring programs, there is a risk of unfulfilled expectations, the creation of disincentives, and a loss of credibility of what potentially is a valuable management tool.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Sainsbury, K (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
ID Code:73158
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:455
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2011-09-16
Last Modified:2017-12-06
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