Aquatic Animal Production and Wetland Relationships: Insights Gleaned Following Wetland Loss or Gain

  • R. Eugene Turner
  • Donald F. Boesch


Wetland management is often confronted with controversy concerning the dependence of living resources on wetland habitats. The competing economic, aesthetic and recreational interests frequently disagree about the importance to living resources of incremental changes or modifications of wetland habitats. In a previous essay (Boesch and Turner, 1984) we discussed evidence of a relationship between the extent of wetland habitats and the yields of fishery species dependent on coastal bays and estuaries and reviewed the role wetlands may play in providing food and protection from predators. However, documentation of the effect on fishery stocks of loss or modification of wetland habitats has been poor. In this paper we assemble and examine accumulating evidence of this relationship, focusing primarily on penaeid shrimp stocks.


Wetland Area Fishing Effort Wetland Habitat Wetland Loss Mangrove Area 


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