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Marine Protected Areas as Fishery Policy: A Discussion of the Potential Costs and Benefits

  • Sanchirico, James

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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are currently receiving considerable attention as a "new" tool to control overexploitation. Many advocates argue that MPAs will provide a plethora of benefits ranging from improved habitat to higher fish stocks with little costs. Fishermen argue, not surprisingly, that the costs resulting from closing areas could be significant and need to be considered in the debate. In this paper, a set of biological, industry, and management hypotheses drawn from the literature analyzing the effects of MPAs are discussed. In doing so, a framework is presented that can be used to assess the expected returns to society from investing in MPAs.

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  1. Boersma, P. Dee & Parrish, Julia K., 1999. "Limiting abuse: marine protected areas, a limited solution," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 287-304, November.
  2. Sanchirico, James & Wilen, James, 1998. "Marine Reserves: Is There a Free Lunch?," Discussion Papers dp-99-09, Resources For the Future.
  3. Farrow, Scott, 1996. "Marine protected areas: emerging economics," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(6), pages 439-446, November.
  4. Sanchirico, James N. & Wilen, James E., 1999. "Bioeconomics of Spatial Exploitation in a Patchy Environment," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 129-150, March.
  5. Pezzey, John C. V. & Roberts, Callum M. & Urdal, Bjorn T., 2000. "A simple bioeconomic model of a marine reserve," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 77-91, April.
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