Habitat damage, marine reserves, and the value of spatial management

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/598444
Title:
Habitat damage, marine reserves, and the value of spatial management
Authors:
Moeller, Holly V.; Neubert, Michael G.
Abstract:
The biological benefits of marine reserves have garnered favor in the conservation community, but "no-take" reserve implementation is complicated by the economic interests of fishery stakeholders. There are now a number of studies examining the conditions under which marine reserves can provide both economic and ecological benefits. A potentially important reality of fishing that these studies overlook is that fishing can damage the habitat of the target stock. Here, we construct an equilibrium bioeconomic model that incorporates this habitat damage and show that the designation of marine reserves, coupled with the implementation of a tax on fishing effort, becomes both biologically and economically favorable as habitat sensitivity increases. We also study the effects of varied degrees of spatial control on fisheries management. Together, our results provide further evidence for the potential monetary and biological value of spatial management, and the possibility of a mutually beneficial resolution to the fisherman-conservationist marine reserve designation dilemma. © 2013 by the Ecological Society of America.
Citation:
Moeller HV, Neubert MG (2013) Habitat damage, marine reserves, and the value of spatial management. Ecological Applications 23: 959–971. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-0447.1.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Ecological Applications
KAUST Grant Number:
USA 00002
Issue Date:
Jul-2013
DOI:
10.1890/12-0447.1
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1051-0761
Sponsors:
The authors thank Hal Caswell, Guillermo Herrera, Julie Kellner, Martin Smith, three anonymous reviewers, and members of the 2010 ACKME Retreat for discussions and suggestions. M. G. Neubert acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation (DMS-0532378, OCE-1031256) and a Thomas B. Wheeler Award for Ocean Science and Society. H. V. Moeller acknowledges support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This research is based in part on work supported by Award No. USA 00002 made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official opinion of KAUST.
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dc.contributor.authorMoeller, Holly V.en
dc.contributor.authorNeubert, Michael G.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T13:20:49Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T13:20:49Zen
dc.date.issued2013-07en
dc.identifier.citationMoeller HV, Neubert MG (2013) Habitat damage, marine reserves, and the value of spatial management. Ecological Applications 23: 959–971. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-0447.1.en
dc.identifier.issn1051-0761en
dc.identifier.doi10.1890/12-0447.1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/598444en
dc.description.abstractThe biological benefits of marine reserves have garnered favor in the conservation community, but "no-take" reserve implementation is complicated by the economic interests of fishery stakeholders. There are now a number of studies examining the conditions under which marine reserves can provide both economic and ecological benefits. A potentially important reality of fishing that these studies overlook is that fishing can damage the habitat of the target stock. Here, we construct an equilibrium bioeconomic model that incorporates this habitat damage and show that the designation of marine reserves, coupled with the implementation of a tax on fishing effort, becomes both biologically and economically favorable as habitat sensitivity increases. We also study the effects of varied degrees of spatial control on fisheries management. Together, our results provide further evidence for the potential monetary and biological value of spatial management, and the possibility of a mutually beneficial resolution to the fisherman-conservationist marine reserve designation dilemma. © 2013 by the Ecological Society of America.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors thank Hal Caswell, Guillermo Herrera, Julie Kellner, Martin Smith, three anonymous reviewers, and members of the 2010 ACKME Retreat for discussions and suggestions. M. G. Neubert acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation (DMS-0532378, OCE-1031256) and a Thomas B. Wheeler Award for Ocean Science and Society. H. V. Moeller acknowledges support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This research is based in part on work supported by Award No. USA 00002 made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official opinion of KAUST.en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.subjectBioeconomicsen
dc.subjectDestructive fishing practicesen
dc.subjectFisheriesen
dc.subjectHabitat damageen
dc.subjectMarine protected areasen
dc.subjectMarine reservesen
dc.subjectOptimal controlen
dc.subjectOptimal harvestingen
dc.subjectSpatial managementen
dc.titleHabitat damage, marine reserves, and the value of spatial managementen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEcological Applicationsen
dc.contributor.institutionWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institution371 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, United Statesen
kaust.grant.numberUSA 00002en
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