A critique of claims for negative impacts of Marine Protected Areas on fisheries

Hughes, T.P., Cameron, D.S., Chin, A., Connolly, S.R., Day, J.C., Jones, G.P., McCook, L., McGinnity, P., Mumby, P.J., Pears, R.J., Pressey, R.L., Russ, G.R., Tanzer, J., Tobin, A., and Young, M.A.L. (2016) A critique of claims for negative impacts of Marine Protected Areas on fisheries. Ecological Applications, 26 (2). pp. 637-641.

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[Extract] To the Editor:

Establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), often including zones that are closed to fishing, is an effective approach to maintaining biodiversity and rebuilding ecosystem function (e.g. McCook et al. 2010). However, MPAs are frequently opposed by fishers and by some fisheries managers, because of the potential for displacing fishing activity and reducing catches (Caveen et al. 2015). How much catch is lost due to spatial closures in both the short and long term is a critical question, even where the objective of establishing MPAs is to conserve biodiversity rather than to regulate fisheries.

Item ID: 44743
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef, fisheries, marine parks, policy, scientific review
ISSN: 1939-5582
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 04:46
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 20%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830204 Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 40%
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