Journal article

Marine reserves with ecological uncertainty

RQ Grafton, T Kompas, D Lindenmayer

BULLETIN OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2005

Abstract

To help manage the fluctuations inherent in fish populations scientists have argued for both an ecosystem approach to management and the greater use of marine reserves. Support for reserves includes empirical evidence that they can raise the spawning biomass and mean size of exploited populations, increase the abundance of species and, relative to reference sites, raise population density, biomass, fish size and diversity. By contrast, fishers often oppose the establishment and expansion of marine reserves and claim that reserves provide few, if any, economic payoffs. Using a stochastic optimal control model with two forms of ecological uncertainty we demonstrate that reserves create a resil..

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