Potential Benefits of Harvest Refugia in Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

by Gary E. Davis, Channel Islands Natl Park, Ventura, United States,
Stephen C. Jameson, Channel Islands Natl Park, Ventura, United States,
Jenifer E. Dugan, Channel Islands Natl Park, Ventura, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Waters surrounding the California Channel Islands are managed for many diverse, and apparently conflicting, uses. Generally, activities are permitted that do not threaten long-term resource values. Commercial and sport fisheries and kelp harvest are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game. Nevertheless, recent experience with declining abalone populations demonstrates the difficulties of sustaining natural resources under the financial and political constraints imposed by short-term fishery needs. Harvest refugia that would replenish adjacent areas could be set aside to resolve conflicts among diverse users and values. Using existing parks and sanctuaries as refugia would then assure preservation of adequate breeding stocks and maintain commercial and sport harvesting enterprises.

Subject Headings: Islands | Channels (waterway) | Organisms | Fish and fishery management | Parks | Aquatic habitats | Stadiums and sport facilities | California | United States

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