Why have no-take marine protected areas?

James A. Bohnsack, Jerald S. Ault, Billy Causey

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Although the title of this symposium implied a focus on fully protected marine areas, most presentations actually dealt with a range of traditional "marine protected areas" or "marine managed areas" that offer less than "full" resource protection. Some presentations noted a backlash against establishing no-take reserves. Here we provide 17 reasons why there is a strong scientific, management, and public interest in using no-take marine reserves to build sustainable fisheries and protect marine ecosystems. We also discuss some underlying technical and philosophical issues involved in the opposition to their usage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Fisheries Society Symposium
Issue number42
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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