The challenge of managing nearshore rocky reef resources

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Gunderson, D. R., Parma, A. M., Hilborn, R., Cope, J. M., Fluharty, D. L., Miller, M. L., … Greene, H. G. (2008). The challenge of managing nearshore rocky reef resources. Fisheries, 33(4), 172-179.
TitleThe challenge of managing nearshore rocky reef resources
AuthorsD. Gunderson, A. Parma, R. Hilborn, J. Cope, D. Fluharty, M. Miller, R. Vetter, S. Heppell, H. Greene
AbstractNearshore temperate reefs are highly diverse and productive habitats that provide structure and shelter for a wide variety of fishes and invertebrates. Recreational and commercial fisheries depend on nearshore reefs, which also provide opportunities for non-extractive recreational activities such as diving. Many inhabitants of nearshore temperate reefs on the west coast of North America have very limited home ranges as adults, and recent genetic evidence indicates that the dispersion of the larval stages is often restricted to tens of kilometers. Management of temperate reef resources must be organized on very small spatial scales in order to be effective, offering unique technical challenges in terms of assessment and monitoring. New enabling legislation could assist in specifying mandates and adjusting institutional design to allow stakeholders and concerned citizens to formulate management policies at local levels, and to aid in implementing and enforcing these policies.
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End page179
SubjectsInvertebrata, Pisces
NoteCited By (since 1996):12, Ecology