The Design, Function and Use of Marine Fishery Reserves as Tools for the Management and Conservation of the Belize Barrier Reef

Carter, J. and Sedberry, G.R. The Design, Function and Use of Marine Fishery Reserves as Tools for the Management and Conservation of the Belize Barrier Reef. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    The conservation and management of Belize marine fisheries resources has generally been based on the biology of target species. Management measures includes limits on individual sizes and seasons of harvest. Recently the Belize Fisheries Department has adopted a strategy whereby selected habitats are set aside as fisheries reserves, while the remaining area is managed by conventional options. Visual census of reef fishes in Belize indicate differences in relative abundance of dominant fishes among habitats and between marine reserves and unprotected areas. In sites where fishing has been halted over time, fishes are more numerous and on average larger relative to unprotected areas. However, a lack of pre- and post- designation surveys, lack of time-series data and suitable controls for comparison of parameters and weak enforcement of no fishing bans within protected areas, hinders efforts to gather conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of reserves. We conclude that there is a need for large scale, long-term research to test hypotheses regarding the usefulness of MFR's as tools for coral reef management and conservation.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Keywords: coral reef, conservation, fisheries reserves, Belize Coastak Zone Management
      Subjects: (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
      (H) Protected Areas > (HD) Marine Reserve
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
      Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 10:36
      Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 10:36
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1205

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