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NCEP Exercise- Marine Reserves and Local Fisheries: An Interactive Simulation

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. Additional teaching materials on topics relating to biodiversity conservation and ecology can be obtained free of charge by registering at the Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners’ website (
Primary or BEN resource type
Secondary resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords NCEP, conservation, marine conservation, population ecology, maximum sustainable yield
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description This simulation-based exercise is an educational tool that allows users to 1) explore various factors that influence fish population viability and fishery sustainability; and 2) experiment with the use of marine reserves as tools in fisheries management.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation American Museum of Natural History
Primary Author email
Rights Reproduction of this material is authorized by the recipient institution for non-profit/non-commercial educational use and distribution to students enrolled in course work at the institution. Copyright 2007, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History. All rights reserved.
Date Of Record Submission 2009-03-25

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