Minimizing the short-term impacts of marine reserves on fisheries while meeting long-term goals for recovery

Brown, Christopher J., Abdullah, Sabah and Mumby, Peter J. (2014) Minimizing the short-term impacts of marine reserves on fisheries while meeting long-term goals for recovery. Conservation Letters, 8 3: 180-189. doi:10.1111/conl.12124

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Author Brown, Christopher J.
Abdullah, Sabah
Mumby, Peter J.
Title Minimizing the short-term impacts of marine reserves on fisheries while meeting long-term goals for recovery
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2014-08-22
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12124
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 3
Start page 180
End page 189
Total pages 10
Editor Edward T. Game
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Marine reserves are a promising tool for recovering overfished ecosystems. However, reserves designed to rebuild profits in the long-term may cause short-term losses—a serious issue in regions where fisheries are key for food security. We examine the tension between the long-term benefits of reserves and short-term losses, using a multispecies model of coral reef fisheries. Reserves designed to maximize long-term profits caused significant short-term losses. We model several policy solutions, where we incrementally increased either: the number of months per year that the reserve is closed to fishing; the size of the reserve; or the number species protected within the reserve. Protecting species sequentially, starting with the most valued species, provided the best outcome in the short-term with the most rapid recovery of profits. Solving the dilemma of meeting short- and long-term goals will ultimately improve the effectiveness of marine reserves for managing fisheries and conserving ecosystems.
Keyword Marine conservation
Sasi
Coral reef
Livelihood
Fishery economics
Ecosystem model
Marine protected area
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 22 AUG 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Global Change Institute Publications
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