Marine Reserves

Further Discussion of the Use of Marine Reserves in Fishery Management

 

NFCC played a key role for a number of years in the debate about the potential usefulness of marine reserves as a fishery management tool. In addition to facilitating a number of meetings and workshops throughout the west coast, we completed an assessment of the success of MPA designation processes throughout the country that was published by NOAA’s National MPA Center (see it here). These ranged from locally designed and managed MPAs to larger networks of reserves that involved multiple local, state, and federal participants. NFCC then addressed the science underlying the use of reserves in fishery management by sponsoring a consensus conference, modeled on the National Institutes of Health format, that brought together many of the leading scientists in this field and resulted in a concise consensus statement (Click here to readl).

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