Designing MPAs for food security in open-access fisheries
Reniel B. Cabral, Benjamin S . Halpern, Sarah E. Lester, Crow White, Steven D. Gaines, Christopher Costello
Cabral, Reniel B., Benjamin S. Halpern, Sarah E. Lester, Crow White, Steven D. Gaines, and Christopher Costello. “Designing MPAs for Food Security in Open-Access Fisheries.” Scientific Reports 9, no. 1 (December 2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-44406-w.
The literature has not completely characterized how to design MPAs under diverse ecological and economic conditions when food security is the objective. The authors integrated four key biological and economic variables (i.e., fish population growth rate, fish mobility, fish price, and fishing cost) as well as an important aspect of reserve design (MPA size) into a general model and determined their combined influence on food security when MPAs are implemented in an open-access setting.