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Integrating Science into the Design of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve

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The Tortugas Ecological Reserve, the largest fully protected marine reserve in the U.S.A., was implemented in July 2001 after a successful, three-year collaborative effort. A key facet of this process was the direct involvement of scientists and the acceptance of their information by the various stakeholders collaborating on the reserve's design. This paper describes how scientific information was ultimately influential in the siting and sizing of the reserve. Case studies such as this may benefit those attempting to use science to inform decisions in marine protected area planning.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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