Long-Distance Benefits of Marine Reserves: Myth or Reality?.

Manel, Stéphanie, Loiseau, Nicolas, Andrello, Marco, Fietz, Katharina, Goñi, Raquel, Forcada, Aitor, Lenfant, Philippe, Kininmonth, Stuart, Marcos, Concepción, Marques, Virginie, Mallol, Sandra, Pérez-Ruzafa, Angel, Breusing, Corinna, Puebla, Oscar and Mouillot, David (2019) Long-Distance Benefits of Marine Reserves: Myth or Reality?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34 (4). pp. 342-354. DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.002.

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Long-distance (>40-km) dispersal from marine reserves is poorly documented; yet, it can provide essential benefits such as seeding fished areas or connecting marine reserves into networks. From a meta-analysis, we suggest that the spatial scale of marine connectivity is underestimated due to the limited geographic extent of sampling designs. We also found that the largest marine reserves (>1000 km 2 ) are the most isolated. These findings have important implications for the assessment of evolutionary, ecological, and socio-economic long-distance benefits of marine reserves. We conclude that existing methods to infer dispersal should consider the up-to-date genomic advances and also expand the spatial scale of sampling designs. Incorporating long-distance connectivity in conservation planning will contribute to increase the benefits of marine reserve networks.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: connectivity; global network; long-distance dispersal; marine reserves; marine protected areas
Research affiliation: IFREMER
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Marine Evolutionary Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.002
ISSN: 0169-5347
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 12:52
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:15
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/46215

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