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Publication | 15 December 2020

Fishery-dependent and -independent data lead to consistent estimations of essential habitats

There is an increasing demand from marine ecologists for more effective protection of essential fish habitats (EFHs) to help restoration of fish stocks and sustainable exploitation of marine fish (e.g. Schmitten, 1999; Mumby et al., 2004). EFHs have been defined as the habitats necessary for a species to spawn, breed, feed, and grow to maturity (US Sustainable Fisheries Act, 1996, Public Law 104 – 297), particularly for vulnerable species and fish size.

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