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Integration of marine protected areas science and fisheries science and management
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    "Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been used for decades to manage the nation's marine resources and to conserve both ecosystems and fisheries production. There is still considerable disagreement, however, among fisheries scientists and conservation biologists about the effectiveness of MPAs at meeting fisheries and/or biodiversity conservation goals. Consequently, there is an urgent need for scientists across disciplines to integrate their specialized knowledge and expertise to create a multi-disciplinary approach for the development of joint ecosystem and fishery tools to effectively design and manage MPAs and monitor their effects on ecosystems and fisheries. Furthermore, a more systematic and integrative approach to understanding how fisheries impact ecosystem function within MPAs, and conversely, how MPAs impact fisheries objectives, would greatly improve the dialogue between agencies and programs focused on ecosystem integrity and those responsible for managing sustainable fisheries. To address these complex issues, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center lab in Santa Cruz and the National Marine Protected Areas Center have jointly convened a group of fisheries and conservation biologists, sociologists, and economists to develop scientific information to integrate MPAs with conventional fisheries management strategies. Using in-depth analysis and synthesis, the working group is developing a rational approach for integrating today's dominant, yet divergent, scientific and management approaches that have their roots in single-species population dynamics of conventional fisheries and multispecies ecosystem dynamics of MPAs"--Page [1].

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