AAAS Conference Briefs:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Paper: Are Reserves Good Fishery Management Tools?
Author:Loo Botsford, professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
Symposium date and time: Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-noon
Symposium name: The Scientific Theory of Marine Reserves
Online program: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2001/6130.00.htm
Symposium organizer Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University, a former president of AAAS, will release a scientific consensus statement, signed by Loo Botsford and other leading marine researchers, declaring that well-designed marine reserves conserve both fisheries and biodiversity, and they are urgently needed to replenish the oceans. Botsford will discuss the results of recent mathematical modeling studies showing that fisheries management using reserves could yield as much as management by conventional means. He will also discuss findings that the size and spacing of reserves should be determined by the dispersal and migration rates of the species of concern. His UC Davis collaborator on the studies was Alan Hastings, a mathematical ecologist.