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Open Access A decision support tool for designing TURF-reserves

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Territorial use rights in fisheries (TURFs) paired with marine reserves (henceforth called "TURF-reserves") have been proposed as a viable management strategy to combat overfishing in many small-scale fisheries by combining the TURF benefits of exclusive access with the conservation, spillover, and resilience benefits of reserves. When appropriately designed and implemented, TURF- reserves can encourage stewardship and empower fishers to better manage their resources. While tools that assist spatial design in marine nearshore contexts exist, they are data intensive, require expertise in software operation, and often need Internet connection. We developed the TURF-Reserve Design Tool to assist spatial design in settings where these elements are not present by providing an easy-to-use decision support tool for small-scale fisheries contexts. This tool consists of a spatial bioeconomic model that allows managers to analyze the relative performance of TURF-reserve designs for a specific setting by assessing the relative ecological and economic outcomes of each design.

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Affiliations: 1: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, Latin American Fisheries Fellowship, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106;, Email: [email protected] 2: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106 3: Environmental Defense Fund, 123 Mission Street 28th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105 4: Local Government Unit of Cantilan, Tribunal Hall, Burgos St., Lininti, Surigao del Sur, Philippines 5: Rare Philippines, Penthouse, Oftana Building, Don Mariano Cui cor. Jasmin Streets, Capitol Site, Cebu City, 6000 Philippines

Publication date: 01 January 2017

This article was made available online on 10 October 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "A decision support tool for designing TURF-reserves".

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