Marine reserves in fisheries management

  • Published source details Rowley R.J. (1994) Marine reserves in fisheries management. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 4, 233-254


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Restrict fishing activity (types unspecified) in a marine protected area

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Marine Fish Conservation
  1. Restrict fishing activity (types unspecified) in a marine protected area

    A review in 1994 of 11 studies published between 1982–1994 on the effects of restricting fishing activity (types unspecified) on fish in marine reserves across the world (Rowley 1994) reported that 10 studies found higher fish abundances, five found fish size was larger and one found a greater number of fish species, inside compared to outside reserves. Overall, 45–73% of fish species surveyed were more abundant inside reserves compared to outside (where reported). In addition, in one reserve 18 months after protection from fishing had failed, abundance (catch rates) decreased by 57% (hook and line), 58% (gill net) and 33% (trap fishing). Twenty studies of reserves that were considered to provide some form of real protection from fishing (for both finfish and shell fisheries) were reviewed (search method was not reported) and examples discussed mainly from sub-tropical and temperate marine reserves. A total of 11 studies reported effects on fish species. Studies were carried out in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.

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