Bohnsack, J. A.. NOAA Fisheries, Jim.Bohnsack@noaa.gov
Ballantine, W. A.. Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, b.ballantine@auckland.ac.nz

 
DESIGNING MARINE RESERVES: IS OCEANOGRAPHIC INFORMATION REALLY NECESSARY?
 
No-take marine reserves, areas protected from all extractive uses, are increasingly being recommended and used for protecting marine ecosystems and sustaining fisheries. Successful marine reserves depend, in part, on site selection. Site selection criteria are based on biological, physical, and social factors. Some researchers have suggested that knowledge of oceanographic is important for identifying population sources and sinks. We suggest that application of source-sink theory is premature and present a null model in which networks of no-take marine reserves are established based on basic principles that consider topography and habitat representativeness. Making accurate predictions and precisely locating sites are impossible tasks because of biological and physical variability. Knowledge of oceanographic patterns, although useful, is not necessary. Gathering additional oceanographic information beyond what already exists should not be used as an excuse to delay establishing marine reserve networks. With adaptive management, marine reserve networks can be modified as information becomes available.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 02:00 - 02:15pm
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS09WE0200S