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Effects of marine reserves on adjacent fisheries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11729316     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Marine reserves have been widely promoted as conservation and fishery management tools. There are robust demonstrations of conservation benefits, but fishery benefits remain controversial. We show that marine reserves in Florida (United States) and St. Lucia have enhanced adjacent fisheries. Within 5 years of creation, a network of five small reserves in St. Lucia increased adjacent catches of artisanal fishers by between 46 and 90%, depending on the type of gear the fishers used. In Florida, reserve zones in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge have supplied increasing numbers of world record-sized fish to adjacent recreational fisheries since the 1970s. Our study confirms theoretical predictions that marine reserves can play a key role in supporting fisheries.
C M Roberts; J A Bohnsack; F Gell; J P Hawkins; R Goodridge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  294     ISSN:  0036-8075     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-30     Completed Date:  2001-12-31     Revised Date:  2007-03-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1920-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cnidaria / physiology
Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*
Fisheries / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Fishes* / physiology
Middle Aged
Saint Lucia
Time Factors
Comment In:
Science. 2001 Nov 30;294(5548):1807-9   [PMID:  11729276 ]
Science. 2002 Feb 15;295(5558):1233-5   [PMID:  11852929 ]
Science. 2002 Feb 15;295(5558):1233-5   [PMID:  11852931 ]
Science. 2002 Feb 15;295(5558):1233-5   [PMID:  11852930 ]

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