Marine reserves provide baby bonus to fisheries
It's no surprise that areas closed to fishing have more fish and bigger fish. Our research shows that these fish will also contribute to the replenishment of populations beyond the boundaries of marine reserves.
Using DNA parentage analysis we were able to show that no-take marine reserves in the Keppel Island group on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) make an important contribution to the replenishment of locally exploited populations of coral trout (Plectropomus maculatus) and stripey snapper (Lutjanus carponotatus).
These compelling findings provided crucial support for no take marine reserves as an effective conservation and fisheries management tool.
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies Press Release.
- Cell Press - Current Biology Press Release [file download]
- International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 [file download]