High latitude marine reserve research in Glacier Bay National Park

Alaska Park Science
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Abstract

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is dominated by the marine waters that make up nearly one-fifth of the park’s area. Since the late 1800s, the nutrient rich waters of Glacier Bay have supported highly productive commercial fisheries. Congress closed fishing in parts of Glacier Bay National Park in 1999, creating one of North America’s largest marine reserves. Throughout the world, marine reserves are being promoted as effective tools for managing fisheries while simultaneously meeting marine conservation goals and maintaining marine biodiversity. Increases in individual size, density, biomass, and diversity have been demonstrated in studies of fish and invertebrates from both temperate and tropical marine reserves (Halpern 2003). Studies on the effectiveness of marine reserves at high latitudes, however, are rare. The formation of marine reserves in Glacier Bay National Park provides a unique opportunity for marine reserve research in a high latitude ecosystem.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title High latitude marine reserve research in Glacier Bay National Park
Series title Alaska Park Science
Volume 2
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. National Park Service
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 27
Last page 31