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Working Together

SBC scientists cultivated new working relationships with the fishing industry to establish mutual learning for improved fisheries management. Scientists incorporated local ecological knowledge into assessments of marine reserves and fish populations, and fishers adopted a community based approach for monitoring the long-term sustainability of their fisheries.

Wilson, J. R., J. Prince, and H. S. Lenihan. 2010. Setting Harvest Guidelines for Sedentary Nearshore Species Using Marine Protected Areas as a Reference. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management and Ecosystem Science 2: 14-27.
Kay, M. C, H. S. Lenihan, J. R. Wilson, and C.J. Miller. 2010. Managing the cost of vessel insurance as a barrier to cooperative fisheries research in California. California Fish and Game Scientific Journal 96: 33-49.
Kay, M. C. H. S. Lenihan, C. Guenther, J. R. Wilson, and C.J. Miller. In review. Collaborative assessment of California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) population and fishery responses to a marine reserve network. Ecological Applications.
Dr. Hunter Lenihan
SBC LTER graduate student Matt Kay (left) with fellow CALobster researchers, fishermen Chris Miller (center) and Sam Shrout (right). Kay was trained by Miller and Shrout to use commercial fishing gear as a sampling methodology in collaborative research aimed at evaluating the effects of marine reserves on lobster populations and the fishery.
Jono Wilson
The number of legal lobsters caught inside, near, and far from marine reserve borders "before" and "after" the reserves were established. Before data were collected from logbook data recorded by fisherman; after data were collected by Matt Kay using commercial traps like that shown in Figure 1. Results show a rapid response of spiny lobster populations to reserve protection.
Kay et al. in review



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