Large-scale expansion of no-take closures within the Great Barrier Reef has not enhanced fishery production.

@article{Fletcher2015LargescaleEO,
  title={Large-scale expansion of no-take closures within the Great Barrier Reef has not enhanced fishery production.},
  author={William J Fletcher and Robert E. Kearney and Brett Wise and William James Nash},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  year={2015},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={1187-96}
}
A rare opportunity to test hypotheses about potential fishery benefits of large-scale closures was initiated in July 2004 when an additional 28.4% of the 348 000 km2 Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region of Queensland, Australia was closed to all fishing. Advice to the Australian and Queensland governments that supported this initiative predicted these additional closures would generate minimal (10%) initial reductions in both catch and landed value within the GBR area, with recovery of catches… CONTINUE READING

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