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Effects of marine reserve protection on spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas Fabr., 1787) in a central western Mediterranean area
Follesa, M.C.; Cuccu, D.; Cannas, R.; Cabiddu, S.; Murenu, M.; Sabatini, A.; Cau, A. (2008). Effects of marine reserve protection on spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas Fabr., 1787) in a central western Mediterranean area. Hydrobiologia 597(1): 63-68. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-008-9346-8
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Follesa, M.C.; Cuccu, D.; Cannas, R.; Cabiddu, S.; Murenu, M.; Sabatini, A.; Cau, A. (2008). Effects of marine reserve protection on spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas Fabr., 1787) in a central western Mediterranean area, in: Davenport, J. et al. (Ed.) Challenges to Marine Ecosystems: Proceedings of the 41st European Marine Biology Symposium, held in Cork, Ireland, 4-8 September 2005. Developments in Hydrobiology, 202: pp. 63-68, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Abundance; Biodiversity; Biomass; Conservation; Environmental impact; Environmental protection; Fishery policy; Marine biology; Marine parks; Population dynamics; Species; Spiny lobsters; Palinuridae Latreille, 1802 [WoRMS]; Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787) [WoRMS]; MED, Western Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Follesa, M.C.
  • Cuccu, D.
  • Cannas, R.
  • Cabiddu, S.
  • Murenu, M.
  • Sabatini, A.
  • Cau, A.

Abstract
    The contribution that a small restocking area (central western Mediterranean) has made to the Palinurus elephas (Fabr., 1787) population was examined by comparing the abundances recorded inside and outside the area before (1997) and after the establishment of the reserve (1998-2005). From 1998 to 2002 a progressive percentage increase of P. elephas biomass values was recorded both inside the area and in the surrounding zones. The total mean abundance within the reserve (CPUE = 0.23 ± 0.10 kg/50 m/boat) was 7.5 times greater than that for the neighbouring zone (CPUE = 0.03 ± 0.07 kg/50 m/boat). The inter-annual analysis of lobster size inside the area also showed a progressive increase of adults and juveniles. The results highlighted the effectiveness of fishing restrictions in rebuilding the lobsters population and suggest that small MPAs should be set up.

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