Marine protected areas and the value of spatially optimized fishery management.

  title={Marine protected areas and the value of spatially optimized fishery management.},
  author={Andrew T.W. Rassweiler and Christopher Costello and David A. Siegel},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 29},
There is a growing focus around the world on marine spatial planning, including spatial fisheries management. Some spatial management approaches are quite blunt, as when marine protected areas (MPAs) are established to restrict fishing in specific locations. Other management tools, such as zoning or spatial user rights, will affect the distribution of fishing effort in a more nuanced manner. Considerable research has focused on the ability of MPAs to increase fishery returns, but the potential… CONTINUE READING
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