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Marine Reserve And Local Fisheries Interactive Simulation

This simulation-based exercise is an educational tool that allows users to explore various factors that influence fish population viability and fishery sustainability, and experiment with the use of marine reserves as tools in fisheries management.

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This exercise allows users to explore issues related to marine reserves and local fisheries via interactive simulations. Users are able to control (1) some attributes of a local fishery - including population dynamics and mobility of the target species as well as aspects of fisher behavior and economic factors, and (2) the extent and placement of marine reserves. By exploring the contributions of these issues to fisheries productivity over time, users should gain some understanding of the factors contributing to how reserves can interact with local fisheries. Of course, although many of the factors and dynamics in this exercise are based on actual interdisciplinary research conducted in The Bahamas (see, the simulation represents a simplification of the real complexities of population dynamics, fisheries economics, and marine resource management. Adding these additional complexities, such as more variable population dynamics, more dynamic pricing of catches, and additional fishing regulations outside of marine reserves, would likely lead to different quantitative outcomes. Nevertheless, qualitative results deriving from controlled comparisons across different scenarios (e.g., species life-history, fleet, and reserve characteristics) are likely to be more general.

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Image File Name

Biodiversity Conservation

Estuarine, Coastal And Marine Management

Fish And Wildlife Management

Parent Categories

Alternative Evaluation

Impact Assessment

Suitability Assessment

Glossary Display Property

Conservation Of Biodiversity

Estuarine And Marine Ecosystem Modeling

Technical Expertise Level Required

Impact Analysis

Scenario Simulation And Comparison


Decision Process Activity Types Served

Geovisual Analytics

Multivariate Analysis

Systems Functional Components

Report Generation

Scenario Management And Comparison

Decision Problem Types Targeted

Map Image

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served


Windows Vista

Windows XP

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served

General Understanding Of Issues

Planning And Decision Process Phases/Steps Served

Basic Computer Skills

Output Type







Center For Biodiversity And Conservation, American Museum Of Natural History


Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network

Decision Process Activity Types Served

Dan Brumbaugh


Martin Wong

Model Type

Software Tools And Models - All

Spatial Decision Support Tools





Parent Categories

Simulation Models


Spatial Decision Support Tools

For Application Domains

Alternative Ranking, Decision Making

Decision Alternatives Generation, Scenario Simulation


Graphical Ontology Browser

  • Click on a node to jump to the content of that node
  • Pan to see the rest of the graph
  • Scroll the mousewheel up and down to zoom in and out
  • Rearrange the nodes in the graph by dragging a node to a different position


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