Global mismatch between fishing dependency and larval supply from marine reserves

Andrello, Marco, Guilhaumon, François, Albouy, Camille, Parravicini, Valeriano, Scholtens, Joeri, Verley, Philippe, Barange, Manuel, Sumaila, U. Rashid, Manel, Stéphanie, and Mouillot, David (2017) Global mismatch between fishing dependency and larval supply from marine reserves. Nature Communications, 8. 16039.

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Abstract

Marine reserves are viewed as flagship tools to protect exploited species and to contribute to the effective management of coastal fisheries. Yet, the extent to which marine reserves are globally interconnected and able to effectively seed areas, where fisheries are most critical for food and livelihood security is largely unknown. Using a hydrodynamic model of larval dispersal, we predict that most marine reserves are not interconnected by currents and that their potential benefits to fishing areas are presently limited, since countries with high dependency on coastal fisheries receive very little larval supply from marine reserves. This global mismatch could be reversed, however, by placing new marine reserves in areas sufficiently remote to minimize social and economic costs but sufficiently connected through sea currents to seed the most exploited fisheries and endangered ecosystems.

Item ID: 50466
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Funders: Foundation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB), Foundation Total (FT), OceanCanada (OC)
Projects and Grants: FT FISHCONNECT project, FT SEACONNECT project, OC SSHRC 895-2013-1009
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 09:21
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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