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A marine reserve network, made from optimization algorithms, can cover 40% of rocky reef habitat and fulfill many conservation goals while reducing social conflict.
AUTHORS: Sala, E., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Paredes, G., Parra, I., Barrera, J.C. and Dayton, P.K.
DATE: December 2002
In order to most effectively establish marine reserve networks, researchers developed optimization algorithms and multiple levels of information on biodiversity, ecological processes (spawning, recruitment, and larval connectivity) and socioeconomic factors in the Gulf of California. This study, cited over 400 times, delineates a network covering 40% of rocky reef habitat and can fulfill many conservation goals while reducing social conflict. It is a powerful tool in marine reserve planning for decision-makers, and the public has viewed it over 11,000 times.