Critical science gaps impede use of no-take fishery reserves

Sale, Peter F., Cowen, Robert K., Danilowicz, Bret S., Jones, Geoffrey P., Kritzer, Jacob P., Lindeman, Kenyon C., Planes, Serge, Polunin, Nicholas V.C., Russ, Garry R., Sadovy, Yvonne J., and Steneck, Robert S. (2005) Critical science gaps impede use of no-take fishery reserves. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20 (2). pp. 74-80.

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Abstract

As well as serving valuable biodiversity conservation roles, functioning no-take fishery reserves protect a portion of the fishery stock as insurance against future overfishing. So long as there is adequate compliance by the fishing community, it is likely that they will also sustain and even enhance fishery yields in the surrounding area. However, there are significant gaps in scientific knowledge that must be filled if no-take reserves are to be used effectively as fishery management tools. Unfortunately, these gaps are being glossed over by some uncritical advocacy. Here, we review the science, identify the most crucial gaps, and suggest ways to fill them, so that a promising management tool can help meet the growing challenges faced by coastal marine fisheries.

Item ID: 516
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: marine protected area, connectivity, dispersal, larvae, no-take, fisheries management, biodiversity, marine reserve
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 40%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961303 Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments @ 60%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 20%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 20%
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