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Spatial Management in the Chesapeake Bay: Applications, Issues, and Opportunities

Published: August 01, 2004

Available in digital format and hardcopy. Globally and nationally, persuasive arguments have been developed to promote increased implementation of spatial measures to conserve and protect marine ecosystems, to preserve or restore biodiversity, to protect habitats, and to be applied as tools that are alternatives or supplements to conventional fisheries management. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) recognized that it was important to define what might be achieved through designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other spatial management tools in the Bay and its watershed that could not be achieved through conventional management, or could be achieved with greater probability of success and more economically through spatial management. Workshop participants represented a diverse group of stakeholders, management agencies, and academia and several concerns were identified and recommendations made which are included in this workshop report.

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