• Alex CaveenEmail author
  • Nick Polunin
  • Tim Gray
  • Selina Marguerite Stead
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)


The most important controversy in fisheries management in recent years has been the debate over marine protected areas (MPAs). The epicentre of this controversy is the issue of whether large networks of no-take MPAs (NTMPAs), more usually known as marine reserves (MRs), are necessary to protect fish stocks. On the one hand, advocates of MRs argue that without MRs the worldwide decline in fish stocks will continue to the point of threatening more stocks with extinction. On the other hand, critics of MRs argue that conventional fisheries management (CFM) which includes restrictions on quota, fishing gear, effort controls, and selective spatial restrictions, if properly enforced, is perfectly adequate to protect fish stocks. There is another element in this controversy—which concerns marine biodiversity. Advocates of MRs argue that the only way to protect non-target marine species and their habitats (biodiversity) is to establish large networks of MRs; whereas critics of MRs argue that biodiversity can be adequately protected by CFM together with some selected MRs.


Fishery Management Fish Stock Marine Reserve Whale Shark Marine Mammal Commission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Caveen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nick Polunin
    • 2
  • Tim Gray
    • 3
  • Selina Marguerite Stead
    • 4
  1. 1.SeafishGrimsbyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Marine Science and TechnologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle on TyneUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Geography, Politics and SociologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle on TyneUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.School of Marine Science & TechnologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle on TyneUnited Kingdom

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