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On the Optimal Size of Marine Reserves.
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PMID:  23381499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The excessive and unsustainable exploitation of our marine resources has led to the promotion of marine reserves as a fisheries management tool. Marine reserves, areas in which fishing is restricted or prohibited, can offer opportunities for the recovery of exploited stock and fishery enhancement. This study examines the impact of the creation of marine protected areas, from both economic and biological perspectives. The consequences of reserve establishment on the long-run equilibrium fish biomass and fishery catch levels are evaluated. We include reserve size as control variable to maximize catch at equilibrium. A continuous time model is used to simulate the effects of reserve size on fishing catch. Fish movements between the sites is assumed to take place at a faster time scale than the variation of the stock and the change of the fleet size. We take advantage of these two time scales to derive a reduced model governing the dynamics of the total fish stock and the fishing effort. Simulation results suggest that the establishment of a protected marine reserve will always lead to an increase in total fish biomass, an optimal size of a marine reserve can achieve to maximize the catch at equilibrium.
M Bensenane; A Moussaoui; P Auger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta biotheoretica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8358     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Biotheor.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421520     Medline TA:  Acta Biotheor     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Département de Physique, Université de Tlemcen, Faculté des Sciences, 13000, Tlemcen, Algerie,
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