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Assessment of biomass export from marine protected areas and its impacts on fisheries in the western Mediterranean Sea

Objective

The export role of MPAs has been emphasised as one of their major prospective benefits but not a single study has been able to produce export estimates. Such export is a main economic and output of MPAs as it represents a production that can be used without damaging the MPA itself.

The main objective is test and develop methods to estimate export of fish biomass from MPAs to surrounding areas. These methods and their results will be the basis for developing a common management strategy for European MPAs. Mediterranean coastal fisheries have decreased over the last 25 years with subsequent socio-economic consequences on rural employment. Management of MPAs to optimise biomass export can certainly contribute to the development of coastal fisheries through production of larger and more numerous fish. Thus, local fisheries can maintain their activity using traditional fishing gears and subsequently produce high market-value and quality fish.

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