Assessing the Effects of Marine Protected Area (MPA) on a Reef Fish Assemblage in a Northwestern Mediterranean Marine Reserve

Claudet et al. evaluate how reef fish assemblages respond to a no-take reserve as compared to a non-managed site, accounting for habitat variability. This paper provides insight as to how one may want to test MPA effectiveness and identify indicator species. Indicator species monitoring may prove to be a cost effective management technique. They used an underwater visual census (UVC) technique and modeled their data to account for both spatial and temporal variations between the inside and outside of the MPA. Useful for individuals evaluating monitoring methods for MPAs.

Author: Claudet, J., D. Pelletier, J.-Y. Jouvenel, F. Bachet, and R. Galzin
Year: 2006
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Biological Conservation 130: 349-369. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2005.12.030

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