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Use of a marine reserve to determine the direct and indirect effects of fishing on growth in a New Zealand fishery for the spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii

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The effects of fishing on growth in a spiny lobster, Jasus edwardsii, were explored by using a no-take marine reserve as a control for these effects. We analysed data from lobster tag–recapture studies outside the reserve from 1975 until the present and tag–recapture from inside the reserve during a recent 8-year study. We explored whether recent and historical data showed similar growth and, using catch per unit effort (CPUE) data from research potting and commercial returns, whether growth rates in this lobster species were affected by population density. Despite the confounded nature of the data, recent growth rates appeared to be lower than in earlier years, growth appeared weakly density-dependent, and the reserve appeared to have a positive effect on lobster growth. The strongest effect was the time period, but the density-dependent and reserve effects appeared real. The reserve effect suggests a negative effect of handling of sublegal-sized lobsters on growth.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Breen Consulting, 12 Birkhall Grove, Wellington 6022, New Zealand. 2: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 14-901, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241, New Zealand.

Publication date: 2012-05-05

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