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Testing the effectiveness of MPAs and other reef fish management strategies using agent-based models : final report
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    2005
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    "The management of a marine fishery is a difficult task (Costanza 2000) and in tropical nations such as Guam, where ecologically complex ecosystems are under heavy pressure from rapidly increasing anthropogenic stress, the problem is exacerbated. In Guam, the desire of local fishers to continue traditional fishing activities involving the harvest of juvenile fish further impedes management efforts. Over the past 15 years, CPUE of reef fish in Guam has declined by 70% (G. Davis, Guam Department of Agriculture, personal communication). Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have received much attention in recent years as an alternative approach to traditional fisheries management. The primary goals of MPAs are to protect critical habitat and biodiversity, and to sustain or enhance fisheries by preventing spawning stock collapse and providing recruitment to fished areas. Recently, MPAs have become a major component of the U.S. Pacific Islands' coral reef conservation strategies"--Introduction.

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