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Marine Protected Area (MPA) Economics Research

Executive Order 13158 calls for the national development of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Currently, there are 33 MPAs in which fishing is restricted all year and numerous more seasonal closures. The increased reliance on marine-managed areas to govern fisheries coupled with the mandated economic analyses that must be conducted to implement fishery regulations has resulted in NOAA Fisheries increasingly implementing spatially-explicit economic models to assess the both economic benefits and costs generated by MPAs as well as how these impacts will be distributed across society.  
MPA Workshop, 2002
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