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Marine protected areas (MPAs) potentially enhance the long-term sustainability of coastal fish resources that have been overexploited. The types and quality of habitats, both inside and outside the MPAs, may determine the likelihood of migration by fish to surrounding unprotected areas where spillover to fisheries occurs. We assessed whether MPAs enhanced catches of artisanal fisheries, using an experimental fishing study with the same fishing gear as that used by local fishers. This approach allowed us to test the hypothesis of increased catches along the borders of MPAs in comparison with those in other fishing grounds located at. medium and far distances from 3 Mediterranean MPAs: Tabarca Marine Reserve, Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve and Cerbere-Banyuls Marine Reserve. Surveys were clone over 2 homogeneous habitats (Posidonia oceanica meadow and sand), in 3 different seasons. Catches were significantly higher for some species near the borders of the MPAs when fishing on P. oceanica meadows, but not when fishing on sandy bottoms. The spillover effect appears to be limited by a lack of continuous Suitable habitat through the boundaries of the MPA. Some of the species that showed a significant response to protection and concurrent higher catches near the MPA borders, such as Dentex dentex, Mullus surmuletus, Phycis phycis, Sciaena Umbra and Scorpaena porcus, are target species of artisanal fisheries. Although we found that the spatial scale of the spillover-induced density gradient was localized, it was sufficient to provide local benefits to artisanal fisheries. We conclude that spillover effects are not a universal consequence of siting MPAs in temperate waters and that they are related to the distribution of habitats inside and around MPAs.
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MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES
Mar Ecol Prog Ser
Vol. 379: 197–211, 2009
doi: 10.3354/meps07892 Published March 30
INTRODUCTION
In recent years, many coastal fish resources have
been overexploited (Castilla 2000), raising doubts
about the long-term sustainability of certain fisheries
(Pauly et al. 2002). Unless changes are implemented
immediately, many fisheries may collapse in the next
few decades (Worm et al. 2006). The solutions pro-
posed by managers for this critical problem are numer-
ous (Pauly et al. 2002) and rely on: (1) reducing fishing
capacity through ‘traditional’ fisheries measures (e.g.
quotas, reducing fishing effort, regulating fishing
equipment); and (2) creating marine protected areas
(MPAs). The first option has not always provided the
anticipated effects, leading many to adopt MPAs as a
fishery management strategy (Roberts et al. 2003).
MPAs potentially facilitate the long-term sustain-
ability of many fisheries (Gell & Roberts 2003, Ramos-
Esplá et al. 2004). Closing areas allows animals to live
longer and grow to maturity, which is important for
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Effects of habitat on spillover from marine
protected areas to artisanal fisheries
Aitor Forcada1,*, Carlos Valle1, Patrick Bonhomme2, Géraldine Criquet3,
Gwenaël Cadiou2, Philippe Lenfant3, José L. Sánchez-Lizaso1
1Unidad de Biología Marina, Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada, Universidad de Alicante, POB 99,
03080 Alicante, Spain
2GIS Posidonie, Parc Scientifique & Technologique de Luminy, Case 901, 13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France
3Laboratoire Ecosystèmes Aquatiques Tropicaux et Méditerranéens, UMR 5244 CNRS–EPHE UPVD ‘Biologie et Ecologie
Tropicale et Méditerranéenne’, Université de Perpignan, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan Cedex, France
ABSTRACT: Marine protected areas (MPAs) potentially enhance the long-term sustainability of
coastal fish resources that have been overexploited. The types and quality of habitats, both inside and
outside the MPAs, may determine the likelihood of migration by fish to surrounding unprotected
areas where spillover to fisheries occurs. We assessed whether MPAs enhanced catches of artisanal
fisheries, using an experimental fishing study with the same fishing gear as that used by local fishers.
This approach allowed us to test the hypothesis of increased catches along the borders of MPAs in
comparison with those in other fishing grounds located at medium and far distances from 3 Medi-
terranean MPAs: Tabarca Marine Reserve, Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve and Cerbère-Banyuls
Marine Reserve. Surveys were done over 2 homogeneous habitats (Posidonia oceanica meadow and
sand), in 3 different seasons. Catches were significantly higher for some species near the borders of
the MPAs when fishing on P. oceanica meadows, but not when fishing on sandy bottoms. The
spillover effect appears to be limited by a lack of continuous suitable habitat through the boundaries
of the MPA. Some of the species that showed a significant response to protection and concurrent
higher catches near the MPA borders, such as Dentex dentex, Mullus surmuletus, Phycis phycis,
Sciaena umbra and Scorpaena porcus, are target species of artisanal fisheries. Although we found
that the spatial scale of the spillover-induced density gradient was localized, it was sufficient to
provide local benefits to artisanal fisheries. We conclude that spillover effects are not a universal
consequence of siting MPAs in temperate waters and that they are related to the distribution of habi-
tats inside and around MPAs.
KEY WORDS: MPA · Export production · Artisanal fisheries · Fish · Habitat connectivity · Spillover ·
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supporting fisheries because of the exponential rela-
tionship between fecundity and body size (Bohnsack
1990). MPAs are predicted to benefit adjacent fisheries
through 2 mechanisms: (1) net emigration of adults and
juveniles across borders, termed ‘spillover’; and (2)
increased production and export of pelagic eggs and
larvae (Gell & Roberts 2003, Kaunda-Arara & Rose
2004, Abesamis & Russ 2005, Sale et al. 2005). Spillover
of juvenile and adult fish to surrounding non-protected
areas could result from random movements of individ-
uals from MPAs to outside their borders or by directed
movements over a large home range (Rakitin & Kramer
1996, Kramer & Chapman 1999, Tremain et al. 2004).
Emigration may also occur through ontogenetic habitat
shifts (Cocheret de la Moriniere et al. 2002, Nagel-
kerken & van der Velde 2002). All these cases are
considered density-independent movements. Another
mechanism that could lead to export is the occurrence
of density-dependent movements of competitively
subordinate individuals from preferred habitats inside
MPAs to suboptimal habitats outside (Sánchez-Lizaso
et al. 2000, Abesamis & Russ 2005). Both density-
independent and density-dependent processes would
produce a gradient of abundance across MPAs borders
and should have an influence on the yields and quality
of the catches in the surrounding fishing grounds (Russ
& Alcala 1996, Gell & Roberts 2003). However, the
patchy nature of the marine environment might act as
a barrier for the movement of fish, although habitat
discontinuities might not be perceived in the same
manner by all animals (Wiens et al. 1993). Many fishes
are habitat specific and are reluctant to disperse across
‘foreign’ habitats (Chapman & Kramer 2000). For this
reason, spillover will also be influenced by the habitat
bordering a reserve (Rowley 1994).
Some of the best evidence for spillover comes from
landings data that have demonstrated increased cap-
tures in fisheries adjacent to MPAs in many parts of
the world: Kenya (McClanahan & Kaunda-Arara 1996,
McClanahan & Mangi 2000), Florida and St Lucia
(Roberts et al. 2001a), New England (Murawski et al.
2000, 2005), the Egyptian Red Sea (Galal et al. 2002)
and Apo Island in the Philippines (Russ et al. 2003).
However, only a few studies have experimentally
tested for spillover through increased captures in adja-
cent fished areas, often along density gradients: Bar-
bados (Rakitin & Kramer 1996), Kenya (McClanahan
& Mangi 2000, Kaunda-Arara & Rose 2004) and Apo
Island in the Philippines (Abesamis & Russ 2005). In
the Mediterranean, few data are available to assess the
value of MPAs as a source of biomass to surrounding
fisheries (Goñi et al. 2006).
Encouraged by the recent findings on spillover re-
sults, many countries and states have started initiatives
to establish networks of marine reserves. However,
too little evidence exists to define the basic responses
of fish populations to reserve protection (Willis et al.
2003) and their potential for improving fisheries yields
(Hilborn et al. 2004). Moreover, reserves remain highly
controversial among fishers and the fishing industry,
who argue that fishery benefits remain unproven.
Protection of breeding stock, enhancement of re-
cruitment to neighbouring areas, and restocking of
exploited marine species were the initial goals of the
3 Mediterranean MPAs studied here. The main objec-
tive of this work was to estimate fisheries enhancement
around these MPAs and to assess the influence of
habitat on this process. We adopted an experimental
fishing approach with commercial trammel nets, the
most common fishing gear used in Mediterranean
artisanal fisheries. This approach allows for testing
the hypothesis that catches will be increased along
the border of MPAs in comparison with other fishing
grounds. We incorporated 2 habitats in the present
study (Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow and sandy
bottom), with the aim of testing whether habitat type
alters the degree of spillover from MPAs.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Study area. This study was conducted July 2003 to
June 2005 in 3 MPAs in the western Mediterranean
Sea, off the coasts of Spain and France, encompassing
a geographic range >1000 km (Fig. 1). Tabarca Marine
Reserve covers 1400 ha, and is substantially larger
than Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve (650 ha) and
Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve (85 ha). Tabarca
Marine Reserve, which is only 4 km from the mainland,
contains 3 management zones with different levels of
protection: the integral reserve area, where all activi-
ties except scientific research are forbidden; the buffer
area, in which selective artisanal fishing gear (trap
nets that target on pelagic species) is allowed; and the
transitional area, in which the prior selective fishing
gear and recreational activities (swimming, diving,
mooring of yachts) are permitted. However, the entire
marine reserve acts as a no-take-zone for the species
targeted by trammel nets, because this gear is banned
inside the MPA. Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve has
2 management zones: the integral reserve, where all
activities except scientific surveys are forbidden, and
the restricted use area, in which commercial and re-
creational fishing, swimming and diving activities are
regulated and spear fishing is forbidden. In contrast,
the Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve has no zoning and
is entirely a no-take marine reserve.
The 3 MPAs have all been established for at least
20 yr, and they have yielded evidence of higher bio-
mass within their borders. Overall fish abundance was
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92% higher in Tabarca Marine Reserve (Forcada
2005), 117% in Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve (Bell
1983) and 78% in Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve
(Harmelin et al. 1995) with reference to fished areas.
In 2 of the MPAs (Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet), the
main habitat, Posidonia oceanica meadows, extends
far outside the borders (Fig. 1). Rocky and sandy
bottoms are also present in Tabarca. In Cerbère-
Banyuls Marine Reserve rocky and sandy bottoms are
the main habitats, and seagrass only covers about 1%
of the total area.
Traditional fishing grounds distributed around the
3 MPAs are mainly used by the artisanal fleet, and are
generally composed of boats <10 m long, with small
crews of 1 to 3 fishers. The artisanal fishery fleet uses
trammel nets, gill nets, long-lines and troll-lines. Re-
creational fishing, including spear fishing, handlining
and angling, also occurs around the MPAs.
Sampling design and data collection. Experimental
fishing was used to test the hypothesis that catch is
higher near the MPAs (500 m and closer) and declines
at medium (500 to 1000 m) and far (2000 to 3000 m)
distances from the MPAs. We tested for such differ-
ences in 2 different habitats: Posidonia oceanica sea-
grass meadows and sandy bottoms (Fig. 1). The fishing
survey on homogeneous seagrass was carried out in
Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserves, at
depths of 10 to 25 m. Experimental fishing on sandy
bottoms was carried out at 30 m depth around Tabarca
and Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserves. Surveys were
done in spring, summer and winter, although the sum-
mer survey at Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve was
suspended due to bad weather conditions. Each MPA
was sampled 6 d per season, with six 100 m trammel-
net replicates per day at each distance. Nets were set
before sunset and recovered just after sunrise. After
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Fig. 1. Tabarca, Cerbère-Banyuls and Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve locations; their limits and zonations are included. General
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fishing, all captured individuals were identified to spe-
cies, and total length and wet weight were recorded.
Data analysis. The experimental design was differ-
ent for each habitat. On Posidonia oceanica meadows
the experimental design consisted of 4 factors: Dis-
tance (3 levels, fixed), MPA (2 levels, fixed and ortho-
gonal), Season (3 levels, fixed and orthogonal) and Day
(6 levels, random and nested in the interaction MPA ×
Season). Thus, with n = 6 trammel nets, there was a
total of 648 observations.
On sand, the experimental design consisted of 3
factors: Distance (3 levels, fixed), Season (3 levels in
Tabarca Marine Reserve and 2 levels in Cerbère-
Banyuls Marine Reserve, fixed and orthogonal) and
Day (6 levels, random and nested in Season). There-
fore, with n = 6 trammel nets, there was a total of 324
observations for the Tabarca Marine Reserve and
216 for the Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve.
Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to test for
significant differences in biomass of total catch and
of the abundant species (Underwood 1997). When the
ANOVA F-test was significant, post hoc analyses were
conducted using Student-Newman-Keuls (SNK) mul-
tiple comparisons (Underwood 1981). Before analysis,
Cochran’s test (Cochran 1951) was used to test for
homogeneity of variance. When significant hete-
rogeneity was found, the data were transformed by
(x+ 1) or ln(x+ 1). When transformations did not
remove heterogeneity, analyses were performed on
the untransformed data, but with the F-test α-value
set at 0.01, since ANOVA is robust to departures from
this assumption, especially when the design is bal-
anced and contains a large number of samples or treat-
ments (Underwood 1997).
RESULTS
Posidonia oceanica meadows in Tabarca and
Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserves
In the survey, 6619 individuals of 76 species were
captured (Table A1 in Appendix 1, available at www.
int-res.com/articles/suppl/m379p197_app.pdf). Total
weight of the catch was 1373.5 kg. The most common
family was Sparidae, followed by Labridae, with 14
and 12 species, respectively. Although 57 species were
found in Tabarca Marine Reserve and 56 in Carry-
le-Rouet Marine Reserve, the 2 MPAs differed in their
catch composition. Twenty of the species caught at
Tabarca did not appear at Carry-le-Rouet. In contrast,
19 species were caught exclusively at Carry-le-Rouet.
Despite the large number of species caught in both
Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserves, around
85% of the catch was represented by 15 species. The
most common species of the total catch in both MPAs
was Scorpaena porcus. Other species common to both
MPAs were Labrus merula, Symphodus tinca and
Sepia officinalis. Some species were only common in
one MPA — Sciaena umbra and Dentex dentex in
Tabarca and Diplodus annularis and Octopus vulgaris
in Carry-le-Rouet.
Total mean biomass was greater in Tabarca (2.59 ±
0.08 kg per 100 m of net) than in Carry-le-Rouet (1.65 ±
0.07 kg per 100 m of net). Differences between dis-
tances were greater during winter in Tabarca and
during summer in Carry-le-Rouet (Fig. 2a,c). Higher
catches usually occurred near the borders of both
MPAs, but there were exceptions. In spring, total mean
biomass was higher far from the border of Tabarca
(Fig. 2a). In Carry-le-Rouet, catches were similar at
near and far distances in winter (Fig. 2c). With respect
to seasonality, only Tabarca showed a clear pattern,
with the greater values in winter.
In ANOVAs for catch, the 3-way interaction of Dis-
tance, MPA and Season was significant (Table 1). In
SNK comparisons, catch was significantly higher near
the border in Tabarca during winter and in Carry-le-
Rouet during spring. Moreover, during summer in
Carry-le-Rouet, total catch was highest near the
reserve.
At the species level, catches of Scorpaena porcus
decreased away from the boundaries at both MPAs
(Fig. 3a), and the interaction between Distance, MPA
and Season was significant (Table 1). SNK test results
indicated that far from Tabarca catches were lowest.
However in Carry-le-Rouet, higher catches were
obtained near the MPA border only in summer (p <
0.01). Labrus merula also had a decreasing trend with
distance at both MPAs (Fig. 3b), but catches were only
significantly higher close to Tabarca. Furthermore,
catches of this species were significantly higher in
Tabarca than in Carry-le-Rouet during all seasons (p <
0.01). Catches of Mullus surmuletus declined with
distance in both MPAs, but only in winter (Fig. 3c).
However, these differences were significant only in
Tabarca, with higher catches near the boundaries (p <
0.01).
Other important species, such as Sciaena umbra
(Fig. 4a) and Dentex dentex (Fig. 4b), showed catches
decreasing with distance, but only in Tabarca Marine
Reserve (p < 0.01); these species were rare or absent
at the other MPAs. In contrast, decreasing trends
with distance of Conger conger (Fig. 4c) and Phycis
phycis (Fig. 4d) were observed only in Carry-le-Rouet;
catches around Tabarca were low. C. conger was
always caught more frequently (p < 0.05) close to
Carry-le-Rouet boundaries, while catches of P. phycis
were significantly higher (p < 0.01) only in winter and
spring.
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ANOVA results for Symphodus tinca (Fig. 3d) and
Diplodus vulgaris (Fig. 3e) produced a significant inter-
action between Distance, MPA and Season (Table 1);
the SNK multiple comparisons reflected inconsistencies
with the primary hypothesis. Catches of S. tinca were
significantly higher in summer and spring near Carry-
le-Rouet (p < 0.05) and in winter near Tabarca (p <
0.05); during spring the highest catches were far from
Tabarca (p < 0.01). In contrast, D. vulgaris catches were
not significantly different with distance at Carry-le-
Rouet, even though the trend in winter and spring was
of decreasing catches with distance. At Tabarca, the
pattern of D. vulgaris changed depending on the
survey. Biomass was significantly higher near the MPA
in summer (p < 0.05), but catches were significantly
greater far from Tabarca during winter (p < 0.01) and at
a medium distance during spring (p < 0.05).
The rest of the species analyzed (Diplodus annularis,
Diplodus sargus, Muraena helena, Octopus vulgaris,
Sepia officinalis and Torpedo marmorata) did not show
significant differences in catch among distances, but
their catches differed significantly between both MPAs
in some or all of the seasons studied (Table 1).
Some catches of species displayed significant season-
ality (Table 1). The most clear was for Sepia officinalis,
the catches of which were significantly different
among all the seasons at both MPAs. Torpedo mar-
morata also had this seasonality in its catches, but with
a different pattern at each MPA. Some species showed
significant differences among seasons only in Tabarca
Marine Reserve (Labrus merula, Dentex dentex and
Sciaena umbra), whereas others showed significant
differences only in Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve
(Diplodus annularis and Octopus vulgaris).
Sandy bottoms in Tabarca Marine Reserve
During the fishing survey, 2427 individuals of 56 spe-
cies were caught (Table A2 in Appendix 1, available
at www.int-res.com/articles/suppl/m379p197_app.pdf).
Total weight catch was 444.2 kg. The most well-
represented family was Sparidae, with 13 species, and
82% of the catch was represented by 18 species. Once
again Scorpaena porcus was the most abundant spe-
cies, although sandy bottoms are not their preferred
habitat. Scorpaena scrofa, Torpedo marmorata, Sciaena
umbra and Myliobatis aquila also represented a high
proportion of the total catch (Table A2).
In contrast with the results in Posidonia oceanica
meadows, there was no clear trend related to distance
over the sand habitat (Fig. 2b). There was, however,
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distances (see Fig. 1) from the Tabarca, Cerbère-Banyuls and Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserves during the different surveys.
Error bars = standard error
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Table 1. Results of analysis of variance (ANOVA) with 4 factors (Ds: distance; MP: marine protected area; Se: season; Da: day), for the total catch and the catch of the spe-
cies selected in the experimental fishing carried out on Posidonia oceanica adjacent to the Tabarca Marine Reserve and in the Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve. df: degrees
of freedom; MS: mean square; F: Fratio. Levels of significance were *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01 and ***p < 0.001). Dash (–) indicates that there is no transformation.aIndicates
that there is no homogeneity of variance, the levels of significance being: *p < 0.01; **p < 0.001
Sources of df Total catch Conger conger Dentex dentex Diplodus annularis Diplodus sargus Diplodus vulgaris F versus
variation MS FMS FMS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 4341.63 15.37*** 662944.3 5.48* 22.8160 5.75** 1.0705 0.21 234.5220 4.36* 14.9639 0.64 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
MP 1 20300.64 35.35*** 427761.1 5.03 210.8840 23.51*** 760.3625 66.03*** 473.1201 4.37* 2621.878 92.85*** Da (MP ×Se)
Se 2 2135.77 3.72** 126580.2 1.49 42.3772 4.72* 68.0909 5.91** 9.8566 0.09 254.0028 9.00*** Da (MP ×Se)
Da (MP ×Se) 30 574.26 3.71*** 85122.4 0.64 8.9706 4.75*** 11.5153 3.64*** 108.2850 2.92*** 28.2380 1.57* Residual
Ds ×MP 2 612.48 2.17 737268.0 6.09* 21.5710 5.43** 2.7305 0.52 0.5615 0.01 31.1866 1.33 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Se 4 326.26 1.15 152947.8 1.26 6.4894 1.63 3.7620 0.72 42.0760 0.78 70.9730 3.02* Ds × Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Da (MP ×Se) 60 282.56 1.82*** 121004.2 0.91 3.9698 2.10*** 5.2207 1.65** 53.7390 1.45* 23.4632 1.30 Residual
MP ×Se 2 1701.47 2.96 544796.9 6.40* 34.6509 3.86* 174.5174 15.16*** 37.9958 0.35 114.6357 4.06* Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×MP ×Se 4 1033.43 3.66** 101049.3 0.84 5.4000 1.36 0.6610 0.13 48.8744 0.91 152.6391 6.51*** Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Residual 540 154.95 133222.0 1.8867 3.1619 37.1205 17.9864
Transformation (x+ 1) aLn(x+ 1) Ln(x+ 1) (x+ 1) (x+ 1)
Sources of variation df Labrus merula Mullus surmuletus Muraena helena Octopus vulgaris Phycis phycis F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 2623858.43 9.91*** 180.0987 8.00*** 65870.55 0.86 0.9234 0.17 285260.5 10.78** Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
MP 1 51534484.84 126.70*** 408.3636 7.28* 1822957 8.29* 80.8252 29.20*** 505492.8 15.77** Da (MP ×Se)
Se 2 1061359.18 2.61 487.3677 8.69** 415259.8 1.89 2.3031 0.83 141364.8 4.41 Da (MP ×Se)
Da (MP ×Se) 30 406749.84 2.86*** 56.0874 2.77*** 219987.6 2.08** 2.7675 0.85 32052.07 1.65 Residual
Ds ×MP 2 629315.36 2.38 60.4272 2.69 117044.1 1.52 1.4102 0.26 320765.1 12.12** Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Se 4 172372.15 0.65 87.1327 3.87** 41161.41 0.54 1.9276 0.36 90455.16 3.42 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Da (MP ×Se) 60 264788.79 1.86*** 22.5011 1.11 76934.46 0.73 5.3892 1.65** 26472.81 1.37 Residual
MP ×Se 2 2667616.72 6.56** 40.0030 0.71 853120.6 3.88 15.1050 5.46** 107325.2 3.35 Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×MP ×Se 4 116715.73 0.44 59.8454 2.66* 42591.38 0.55 8.5975 1.60 107239.7 4.05* Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Residual 540 142114.17 20.2820 105719.6 3.2699 19389.76
Transformation – Ln(x+ 1) aLn(x+ 1) a
Sources of variation df Sciaena umbra Scorpaena porcus Sepia officinalis Symphodus tinca Torpedo marmorata F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 9.79 3.40* 2340.332 26.22*** 22.4602 0.15 1557.132 9.13*** 45847.29 1.56 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
MP 1 1597.32 163.6*** 2683.913 12.11** 27.5085 0.10 2790.430 14.41*** 77124.09 3.28 Da (MP ×Se)
Se 2 109.15 11.18*** 1023.905 4.62* 7139.430 26.79*** 1509.188 7.79** 128074.7 5.45* Da (MP ×Se)
Da (MP ×Se) 30 9.76 2.76*** 221.6127 3.60*** 266.4929 2.83*** 193.6125 2.44*** 23480.04 0.84 Residual
Ds ×MP 2 9.80 3.40* 156.4869 1.75 36.9837 0.24 832.9524 4.89* 16560.14 0.56 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Se 4 6.97 2.42 256.3111 2.87* 86.7419 0.57 554.0033 3.25* 36148.85 1.23 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×Da (MP ×Se) 60 2.88 0.81 89.2636 1.45* 152.8656 1.62** 170.4929 2.15*** 29385.52 1.05 Residual
MP ×Se 2 109.15 11.18*** 5358.034 24.18*** 476.0154 1.79 112.4399 0.58 159557.7 6.80* Da (MP ×Se)
Ds ×MP ×Se 4 6.97 2.42 379.5330 4.25** 66.0392 0.43 934.5086 5.48*** 86217.14 2.93 Ds ×Da (MP ×Se)
Residual 540 3.54 61.5490 94.1687 79.4591 27985.84
Transformation Ln(x+ 1) (x+ 1) (x+ 1) (x+ 1) a
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Fig. 3. Trends in catches of: (a) Scorpaena porcus, (b) Labrus merula, (c) Mullus surmuletus, (d) Symphodus tinca and (e) Diplo-
dus vulgaris fished in Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows at different distances (see Fig. 1) from the Tabarca and Carry-
le-Rouet Marine Reserves during the 3 surveys. Error bars = standard error
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a significant interaction between Distance and Day
(Table 2), because significant differences among dis-
tances occurred on only 9 of 18 d. Of these, only
2 exhibited the expected trend (significantly higher
catches near the boundaries), while the remaining
7 exhibited catches that were significantly higher at
intermediate or far distances.
In general, trends in catch at the species level were
inconsistent with our main hypothesis, with the highest
biomasses existing at the intermediate or far distance.
The biomasses of Myliobatis aquila, Octopus vulgaris,
Raja spp., Scorpaena scrofa and Uranoscopus scaber
were higher in the intermediate distance catches. How-
ever, these patterns were only significant (Table 2) for
the biomasses of M. aquila (Fig. 5a), Raja spp. (Fig. 5b)
and U. scaber (Fig. 5c). Moreover, there was a sig-
nificant interaction between Distance and Season for
S. scrofa biomass (Table 2), with significantly higher
catches at medium distances in summer and winter.
In addition, other species such as Diplodus vulgaris,
Labrus merula, Pagrus pagrus, Sciaena umbra, Sepia
officinalis, Spondyliosoma cantharus and Symphodus
tinca had the smallest catches close to the Tabarca
boundaries. This pattern was only significant for the
biomass of S. umbra (Fig. 5d) in all seasons (p < 0.01),
and of S. tinca in summer (p < 0.05). Furthermore,
biomasses of D. vulgaris, S. officinalis and S. cantharus
showed a significant interaction between Distance and
Day (Table 2), with biomasses higher at intermediate
or far distances.
Pagellus erythrinus (Fig. 5e), Scorpaena porcus (Fig. 5f),
Spicara maena (Fig. 5g) and Torpedo marmorata
(Fig. 5h) displayed a decreasing trend with distance from
Tabarca in at least 2 seasons. However, none of these
were significant by Distance (Table 2). The interaction
between Distance and Day was only significant for P.
erythrinus and S. maena. Biomass was higher for P. ery-
thrinus near the MPA boundary on 3 of the 4 d when
significant differences occurred, whereas biomass was
higher for S. maena near the MPA boundary on 2 of the
3 d when there were significant differences.
In surveys in Posidonia oceanica meadows, some
species catches showed significant seasonality: catches
of Torpedo marmorata and Sciaena umbra were signifi-
cantly greater in winter, whereas the catches of Sepia
officinalis were highest in spring (Table 2).
Sandy bottoms in Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve
A total of 537 individuals of 42 species were caught
(Table A2). Total weight of the catch was 174.1 kg.
The most well-represented family was Sparidae, with
10 species. Only 12 species represented around 85 % of
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Fig. 4. Trends in catches, at different distances (see Fig. 1) during the 3 surveys, of nets fished in Posidonia oceanica seagrass
meadows for: (a) Sciaena umbra and (b) Dentex dentex in the Tabarca Marine Reserve and for: (c) Conger conger and (d) Phycis
phycis in the Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve. Error bars = standard error
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Table 2. Results of analysis of variance (ANOVA) with 3 factors (Ds: distance; Se: season; Da: day), for the total catch and the catch of the species selected in the experimental
fishing carried out on sandy bottoms adjacent to the Tabarca Marine Reserve. df: degrees of freedom; MS: mean square; F: Fratio. Levels of significance were *p < 0.05, **p <
0.01 and ***p < 0.001. Dash (–) indicates that there is no transformation. aIndicates that there is no homogeneity of variance, the level of significance being: *p < 0.01; **p < 0.001
Sources of variation df Total catch Diplodus vulgaris Labrus merula Myliobatis aquila Octopus vulgaris F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 3036.38 8.37** 164.5112 3.06 0.5325 0.25 2197108.2 5.83* 243304.3 4.51 Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 2 432.51 0.20 114.7718 1.30 10.7729 0.75 581927.1 1.54 107922.2 2.65 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 15 2179.10 12.16*** 88.0170 2.98*** 14.3807 4.62*** 376768.7 0.74 40661.83 0.87 Residual
Ds ×Se 4 403.89 1.11 68.2882 1.27 1.2855 0.61 631852.5 1.68 26926.94 0.50 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 30 362.64 2.02** 53.6878 1.82** 2.1152 0.68 376768.7 0.74 53949.62 1.15 Residual
Residual 270 179.16 29.5467 3.1149 506241.3 46863.72
Transformation (x+ 1) (x+ 1) Ln(x+ 1) aa
Sources of variation df Pagellus erythrinus Pagrus pagrus Raja spp. Sciaena umbra F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 10.53 1.71 141.8069 2.55 335592.0 5.79* 304.0054 5.42** Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 2 10.35 0.58 259.3364 2.25 105783.3 1.24 1460.040 8.76** Da (Se)
Da (Se) 15 17.83 6.40*** 115.1465 2.49** 85312.89 1.59 166.7302 3.49*** Residual
Ds ×Se 4 1.08 0.18 71.6693 1.29 43888.68 0.76 108.2151 1.93 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 30 6.17 2.22** 55.6765 1.20 57963.90 1.08 56.0394 1.17 Residual
Residual 270 2.79 46.3350 53589.37 47.7370
Transformation Ln(x+ 1) (x+ 1) a(x+ 1)
Sources of variation df Scorpaena porcus Scorpaena scrofa Sepia officinalis Spicara maena F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 328773.75 2.39 22.2463 4.30* 169.5525 3.22 14061.41 1.73 Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 2 9782352.91 4.35 3.3789 0.34 676.2028 7.56** 131105.2 1.55 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 15 2248589.37 26.43** 9.8228 2.55** 89.4475 2.64*** 84851.57 16.86** Residual
Ds ×Se 4 371841.53 2.70 14.4261 2.79* 64.7010 1.23 13820.00 1.70 Ds ×Da(Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 30 137703.02 1.62 5.1766 1.34 52.6158 1.55* 8128.786 1.61 Residual
Residual 270 85065.86 3.8551 33.8501 5033.570
Transformation – Ln(x+ 1) (x+ 1) a
Sources of variation df Spondyliosoma cantharus Symphodus tinca Torpedo marmorata Uranoscopus scaber F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 59.97 12.37*** 5.4624 1.32 71.5921 0.77 133907.4 9.91** Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 2 1.45 0.05 2.4709 0.18 395.339 6.18* 106.539 0.01 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 15 28.24 10.62*** 13.7958 5.43*** 64.0216 0.93 14695.1 1.07 Residual
Ds ×Se 4 5.50 1.13 12.1499 2.94* 38.8826 0.42 3887.03 0.29 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 30 4.85 1.82** 4.1340 1.63* 93.5657 1.35 13506.3 0.98 Residual
Residual 270 2.66 2.5410 69.0613 13742.3
Transformation Ln(x+ 1) Ln(x+ 1) (x+ 1) a
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the catches, with the main species being Phycis phycis
and Pagellus acarne. Other important species in the
total catch were Scorpaena scrofa, Scorpaena porcus
and Sepia officinalis.
As with the results for sandy bottoms in Tabarca, there
was no clear trend with distance in total catch (Fig. 2d),
though there was a significant interaction between Dis-
tance and Day (Table 3). On only 2 of the 12 sampling
days were there significant differences among distances.
Season was periodically important (Table 3); total bio-
mass was significantly greater in spring than in winter.
At the species level, catches of Pagellus acarne
(Fig. 6a) and Palinurus elephas (Fig. 6b) decreased
with distance from the MPA borders. However, only
the interaction between Distance and Day was sig-
nificant for the biomass of P. acarne (Table 3). There
were 3 d with significantly higher catches close to the
MPA, in contrast to 1 d with a significantly different
trend. Additionally, there were decreasing trends with
distance of Mullus surmuletus (Fig. 6c), Sepia offici-
nalis (Fig. 6d) and Uranoscopus scaber (Fig. 6e), but
only in one season.
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Fig. 5. Trends in catches of: (a) Myliobatis aquila, (b) Raja spp., (c) Uranoscopus scaber, (d) Sciaena umbra, (e) Pagellus erythri-
nus, (f) Scorpaena porcus, (g) Spicara maena and (h) Torpedo marmorata fished on sandy bottoms at different distances (see
Fig. 1) from the Tabarca Marine Reserve during the 3 surveys. Error bars = standard error
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Table 3. Results of analysis of variance (ANOVA) with 3 factors (Ds: distance; Se: season; Da: day), for the total catch and the catch of the species selected in the experi-
mental fishing carried out on sandy bottoms adjacent to the Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reserve. df: degrees of freedom; MS: mean square; F: Fratio. Levels of significance
were *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01 and ***p < 0.001. Dash (–) indicates that there is no transformation. aIndicates that there is no homogeneity of variance, the level of significance
being: *p < 0.01; **p < 0.001
Sources of variation df Total catch Conger conger Mullus surmuletus Pagellus acarne Pagellus erythrinus F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 0.62 2.03 37778.42 0.46 21054.18 1.38 301.7312 2.75 1.9218 0.53 Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 1 2.32 7.93* 116111.4 0.98 50081.12 2.74 44.1456 0.22 10.2432 2.29 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 10 0.29 1.68 118954.9 2.50* 18258.60 2.52* 202.7286 5.09*** 4.4710 1.53 Residual
Ds ×Se 2 0.99 3.24 97664.94 1.19 35637.03 2.33 19.8974 0.18 1.0914 0.30 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 20 0.31 1.76* 82236.18 1.73 15293.86 2.11* 109.8275 2.76*** 3.6541 1.25 Residual
Residual 180 0.17 47652.10 7253.982 39.8600 2.9295
Transformation Ln(x+ 1) aa(x+ 1) Ln(x+ 1)
Sources of variation df Palinurus elephas Phycis phycis Raja clavata Scorpaena porcus F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 3611.13 0.74 348.0851 1.53 56601.5 1.73 223248.6 1.76 Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 1 5869.80 0.74 118.3079 0.67 162800.1 2.18 776400.5 7.45 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 10 7917.62 1.54 177.4796 1.64 74730.1 1.38 104272.9 3.08* Residual
Ds ×Se 2 282.24 0.06 486.9147 2.14 56601 1.73 184054.8 1.45 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 20 4903.53 0.96 227.6789 2.10** 32803 0.60 126502.8 3.73** Residual
Residual 180 5134.12 108.2667 54315.9 33884.2
Transformation –a(x+ 1) aa
Sources of variation df Scorpaena scrofa Sepia officinalis Pegusa lascaris Uranoscopus scaber F versus
MS FMS FMS FMS F
Ds 2 3611.13 0.74 4.6682 0.82 9378.389 0.22 4.3636 1.36 Ds ×Da (Se)
Se 1 5869.80 0.74 0.1846 0.03 241335.2 6.42 19.4419 2.32 Da (Se)
Da (Se) 10 7917.62 1.54 6.5912 1.78 37606.59 1.43 8.3944 2.58** Residual
Ds ×Se 2 282.24 0.06 2.3585 0.42 4284.574 0.10 4.2857 1.34 Ds ×Da (Se)
Ds ×Da (Se) 20 4903.53 0.96 5.6761 1.53 43196.35 1.64 3.1970 0.98 Residual
Residual 180 5134.12 3.7045 26305.39 3.2582
Transformation –aLn(x+ 1) aLn(x+ 1)
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In general, trends in the catch of Pagellus erythrinus,
Phycis phycis, Scorpaena scrofa and Pegusa lascaris
were inconsistent with our hypothesis, with higher
catches at the intermediate or far distances. Moreover,
species such as Conger conger, Raja clavata and
Scorpaena porcus were absent at some of the distances
or in some of the seasons, complicating the identi-
fication of a general trend. P. lascaris was the only spe-
cies that showed significant differences between sea-
sons (Table 3); catches in winter were significantly
higher than in spring.
DISCUSSION
Fisheries spillover was detected in some surveys
in the Posidonia oceanica meadows near the MPA
boundaries of both Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet
Marine Reserves. However, differences between sur-
veys indicated that spillover did not occur consistently.
This inconsistency may be related to differences in
abundance (Harmelin et al. 1995) or catchability
(Maunder et al. 2006) of the species due to seasonal
variation.
Species that showed a significant response to protec-
tion were those typical of Posidonia oceanica meadows
or shallow rocky bottoms, which are the main pro-
tected habitats at both MPAs (Conger conger, Dentex
dentex, Labrus merula, Mullus surmuletus, Phycis
phycis, Sciaena umbra, Scorpaena porcus and Sym-
phodus tinca). Other species, like Diplodus spp.,
Muraena helena, or cephalopods, did not present clear
trends in spite of their high contribution to the catches.
Some of the species that responded to protection
with higher catches near the border, such as Dentex
dentex, Mullus surmuletus, Phycis phycis, Sciaena
umbra and Scorpaena porcus, are important target
species of artisanal fisheries (García-Rodríguez et al.
2006, Forcada 2007, Goñi et al. 2008). Moreover, these
species represent the highest proportion of the catch
and the greatest income for artisanal fisheries (García-
Rodríguez et al. 2006, Forcada 2007, Goñi et al. 2008).
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Fig. 6. Trends in catches of: (a) Pagellus acarne, (b) Palinurus
elephas, (c) Mullus surmuletus, (d) Sepia officinalis and (e)
Uranoscopus scaber fished on sandy bottoms at different
distances (see Fig. 1) from the Cerbère-Banyuls Marine
Reserve during the 2 surveys. Error bars = standard error.
Surveys were not conducted in summer due to bad weather
conditions
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Therefore, export of fish from the MPAs, even if it is
limited, should provide economic benefits to artisanal
fleets.
Although fisheries enhancement was detected very
close to MPA borders in general, there were some dif-
ferences between the Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet
Marine Reserves. They are located in different biogeo-
graphical sectors (Garibaldi & Caddy 1998, Bianchi &
Morri 2000), and one of the most important differences
is that of sea temperature, which ranges at the surface
from 13 to 27°C in Tabarca and from 12 to 24°C in
Carry-le-Rouet. This accounts for the higher abun-
dance at Tabarca of certain species typical of warmer
waters (Sciaena umbra and Dentex dentex), which are
rare in the northern Mediterranean (Harmelin 1991,
Ramos-Esplá & Bayle 1991, Francour et al. 1994).
The other difference between the MPAs is that at
Carry-le-Rouet the increase of the catches was only
detected near the boundaries, whereas at Tabarca
some effects, like the increase of Scorpaena porcus
and Sciaena umbra catches, reached an intermediate
distance, only declining at the fishing ground furthest
from the MPA. This may be interpreted in relation to
the size of each MPA. Carry-le-Rouet is a very small
reserve (85 ha) that has a very limited influence over
the surrounding fished area, while Tabarca is a larger
one (1400 ha) that seems to have a wider exportation
effect. The effect of protection of juveniles and adults
is edge dependent. The probability of fish leaving
a given reserve, and consequently increasing their
vulnerability, will decrease in proportion to the in-
crease in size of the MPA (Kramer & Chapman 1999,
Chapman & Kramer 2000, Roberts et al. 2001b). There-
fore, small MPAs may not support populations effi-
ciently (Edgar & Barrett 1999), especially for mobile
species that often cross reserve boundaries. However,
small MPAs can have an important protective role in
the case of sedentary species or if the the reserves are
situated at crucial locations, such as aggregation sites
for spawning (Beets & Friedlander 1999). There are no
upper limits on reserve size that are relevant to conser-
vation goals, but to achieve an export of fishable stocks
they should not be too large (Roberts et al. 2003). If
reserves are made too large, then spillover to fisheries
will be prevented, while making reserves too small will
yield no benefits. It is difficult to be precise about what
constitutes ‘too large’ because it depends on the mobil-
ity of the species involved and local oceanographic
conditions (Roberts et al. 2003). To determine what
reserve size is too small more empirical study is re-
quired (Edgar & Barrett 1999, Halpern 2003, Gui-
detti et al. 2005). From the results obtained, Tabarca
Marine Reserve and Carry-le-Rouet Marine Reserve
seem large enough to promote population recovery,
and yet are small enough to permit some spillover for
the benefit of local fisheries. Even the small MPA
appears capable of generating increases in catches near
its boundaries; the larger one shows the same effects,
but proportional to its size. For that reason, the
absolute impacts of small and large reserves will be
very different. Although the observations at each MPA
size were not replicated, these results offer some
empirical evidence suggesting that the amount of pro-
tected area is important.
In contrast, there was no clear trend in catches on
sand in Tabarca and Cerbère-Banyuls Marine Reser-
ves. Only a few of the surveys showed higher catches
near the boundaries, and only 2 of the species, Pagel-
lus acarne and Palinurus elephas, evidenced decreas-
ing trends with distance in the Cerbère-Banyuls
Marine Reserve, but neither of these was significant.
It appears that biomass is exported through Posido-
nia oceanica meadows (at least for some species and
seasons), while little export occurs through sandy
bottoms. At both Tabarca and Carry-le-Rouet Marine
Reserves, the main habitat, P. oceanica meadow,
extends outside the borders. Rocky and sandy bottoms
are also present in Tabarca Marine Reserve, but are
very limited, ~10 and ~20%, respectively, of the sur-
face protected. Something similar occurs in Cerbère-
Banyuls Marine Reserve, which protects mainly rocky
bottoms, and sandy bottoms start just near the MPA
boundaries.
The types and qualities of habitats, both inside and
outside the reserve, determine how a species responds
to reserve protection (Agardy 1995, Nilsson 1998). It is
desirable that reserves protect habitats where species
feed and reproduce and where they spend a consider-
able portion of time (Kramer & Chapman 1999). In this
sense, habitats can act as surrogates for species in
reserve planning, simplifying the task of deciding
what to protect (Roberts et al. 2001b). On the other
hand, the relative mobility of some species (Chapman
& Kramer 2000) suggests that movement across the
boundary would be much greater if the boundary
divides an area of continuous habitat. It has been
pointed out (Roberts 2000) that habitat continuity
through MPA boundaries is important for biomass
export to open fished areas, and our results confirm
this assessment.
Although we found that the spatial scale of the
spillover-induced density gradient is very localized, it
is, nevertheless, sufficient to provide local benefits to
artisanal fisheries (through juvenile and adult
spillover) and possibly more regional benefits (through
greater larval export). We conclude that spillover
effects are not a universal consequence of marine pro-
tected areas in temperate waters, and that they are
related to the distribution of habitat inside and around
the reserve.
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Acknowledgements. We very much appreciated the help
received from A. Delauney, K. Kawahara, M. Capoulade and
B. Luna during field data collection. We acknowledge the
friendly cooperation of the fishermen of Tabarca, Carry-le-
Rouet and Cerbère-Banyuls. This research was financed by
UE-DG Fisheries through the project BIOMEX (QLRT-2001-
00891), WP5. A.F. was supported by an FPI grant from the
Generalitat Valenciana (CTBPRB/2003/146). We thank the
FAO for providing species drawings for Figs. 3, 4, 5 & 6. We
also thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor for their
useful comments on the manuscript.
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... A synthesis of field studies by Goñi et al. 19 also reported patterns consistent with MPAs replenishing heavily exploited fisheries in which the abundance of target species in fished areas was far below that in no-fishing zones 51 . In addition to heavy fishing pressure, other important elements stimulating high catch outside of MPAs appear to be habitat characteristics that promote the movement of animals across MPAs borders 26,36 , good fishing habitat in close vicinity (e.g., < 800 m) to MPA borders 36,50 , and a behavioral response by the fishery to fish near the borders. ...
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