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Mangroves in the Gulf of California increase fishery yields
It is shown that, in the Gulf of California, fisheries landings are positively related to the local abundance of mangroves and, in particular, to the productive area in the mangrove–water fringe that is used as nursery and/or feeding grounds by many commercial species. Expand
A General Model for Designing Networks of Marine Reserves
A means of establishing marine reserve networks by using optimization algorithms and multiple levels of information on biodiversity, ecological processes (spawning, recruitment, and larval connectivity), and socioeconomic factors in the Gulf of California is described. Expand
Fishing Down Coastal Food Webs in the Gulf of California
Abstract We used information from interviews with fishers, fisheries statistics, and field surveys to document changes in fisheries and fish assemblages in shallow coastal habitats in the Gulf ofExpand
Spawning aggregations and reproductive behavior of reef fishes in the Gulf of California
The findings suggest the existence of undocumented spawning aggregations throughout the Tropical Eastern Pacific that sustain varied levels of fishing pressure and must be identified and protected in order to ensure the replenishment of fish populations. Expand
Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability
The case of small-scale fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico is used to identify distinct SES regions and test key aspects of coupled SESs theory, highlighting the importance of integrative, coupled system analyses when implementing spatial planning and other ecosystem-based strategies. Expand
The shallow-water fish assemblage of Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica: structure and patterns in an isolated, predator-dominated ecosystem
Fishes at Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica, were surveyed as part of a larger scientific expedi- tion to the area in September 2009. The average total biomass of nearshore fishes was 7.8Expand
Global Human Footprint on the Linkage between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Reef Fishes
A global survey of reef fishes shows that the consequences of biodiversity loss are greater than previously anticipated as ecosystem functioning remained unsaturated with the addition of new species.Expand
Community Structure of Reef Fish in Several Habitats of a Rocky Reef in the Gulf of California
To explore the relationships between habitat structure, distribution, and diversity of conspicuous reef fish, surveys were made in 1994, 1995 and 1998 at Los Islotes, a rocky islet located north ofExpand
Large Recovery of Fish Biomass in a No-Take Marine Reserve
The recovery of fish biomass inside CPNP has resulted in significant economic benefits, indicating that community-managed marine reserves are a viable solution to unsustainable coastal development and fisheries collapse in the Gulf of California and elsewhere. Expand
Predictability of reef fish recruitment in a highly variable nursery habitat.
The results show that there is a nonlinear relationship between recruitment and the oceanographic climate, in that the density of recruits decreases exponentially with increasing MEI, which has important implications for fisheries management. Expand