Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design for both conservation and fisheries

CCRES: Krueck NC, Ahmadia GN, Greens A, Jones GP, Posssingham HP, Riginos C, Treml EA, Mumby PJ
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Technical Reports / References

Larval dispersal by ocean currents is a critical component of systematic marine protected area (MPA) design. However, there is a lack of quantitative methods to incorporate larval dispersal in support of increasingly diverse management objectives, including local population persistence under multiple types of threats (primarily focused on larval retention within and dispersal between protected locations) and benefits to unprotected populations and fisheries (primarily focused on larval export from protected locations to fishing grounds). Here, we present a flexible MPA design approach that can reconcile multiple such potentially conflicting management objectives by balancing various associated treatments of larval dispersal information.