ABSTRACT Marine protected areas (MPAs) or tabu are increasingly used as a tool to manage coastal ecosystems,and ,fisheries. The assessment ,of their ,performance ,with ,respect to management,is therefore ,important. MPAs provided ,conservation for fished species. Observed benefits do not,apply to all species at all times and responses to protection are also variable among fish taxa. Among the ... [Show full abstract] many empirical studies on marine reserves, only a few studies considered ‘before and after data’ analysis.