Designing marine fishery reserves using passive acoustic telemetry

Glazer, Robert A. and Delgado, Gabriel A. (2006) Designing marine fishery reserves using passive acoustic telemetry. In: Emerging technologies for reef fisheries research and management. Seattle, WA, NOAA, pp. 26-37. (NOAA Professional Paper NMFS,5)

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Abstract

Marine Fishery Reserves (MFRs) are being adopted, in part, as a strategy to replenish depleted fish stocks and serve as a source for recruits to adjacent fisheries. By necessity, their design must consider the biological parameters of the species under consideration to ensure that the spawning stock is conserved while simultaneously providing propagules for dispersal. We describe how acoustic telemetry can be employed to design effective MFRs by elucidating important life-history parameters of the species under consideration, including home range, and ecological preferences, including habitat utilization. We then designed a reserve based on these parameters using data from two acoustic telemetry studies that examined two closely-linked subpopulations of queen conch (Strombus gigas) at Conch Reef in the Florida Keys. The union of the home ranges of the individual conch (aggregation home range: AgHR) within each subpopulation was used to construct a shape delineating the area within which a conch would be located with a high probability. Together with habitat utilization information acquired during both the spawning and non-spawning seasons, as well as landscape features (i.e., corridors), we designed a 66.5 ha MFR to conserve the conch population. Consideration was also given for further expansion of the population into suitable habitats.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Designing marine fishery reserves using passive acoustic telemetry
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Glazer, Robert A.
Delgado, Gabriel A.
Title of Book: Emerging technologies for reef fisheries research and management.
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: NOAA Professional Paper NMFS
Number: 5
Number of Pages: 124
Page Range: pp. 26-37
Date: 2006
Publisher: NOAA
Place of Publication: Seattle, WA
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2487
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 22:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:56
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2487

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