Effectiveness of Marine Managed Areas of Central and Southern Belize: Spatial variations in Major Community Processes and the Implications for Local Management Success

Shank, B.V. and Kaufman, L. (2009) Effectiveness of Marine Managed Areas of Central and Southern Belize: Spatial variations in Major Community Processes and the Implications for Local Management Success. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    This report summarized the activities and findings of the Marine Managed Areas Science (MMAS) program, Belize Ecological Monitoring (BEM) project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and administered through Conservation International. The Belize Ecological Monitoring Project was a four-year study of the ecology of coral reef ecosystems associated with established Marine Managed Areas in central and southern Belize. The three main goals of this project were to (1) examine how fishing exclusion zones affect the structure of fish assemblages, (2) determine if the presence of fishing exclusion zones benefited the reef benthos and (3) understand how variations in other environmental or ecological parameters impact reef ecology and management strategies. The document is divided into six major sections:  A general introduction, description of study areas and methodology  Chapter 1 is on the detection of protection effects in managed areas and the status of fish biomass for target fish species at the study areas.  Chapter 2 is on patterns in larger, herbivorous fishes (F. Scaridae and Acanthuridae) and their correlation to benthic algal composition.  Chapter 3 examines coral recruitment patterns and their role in maintaining coral populations as well as the relative influence of benthic and fish assemblages on recruitment patterns.  Chapter 4 reports on geographic patterns in coral disease incidence and plausible causes for the observed spatial patterns.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Keywords: marine managed, spatial variations, Belize Ecological Monitoring Project
      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: 23 Feb 2011 13:50
      Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 16:20
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1285

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