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Fonseca, M.S., A.V. Uhrin, C.A. Currin, J.S. Burke, D.W. Field, C.A. Addison, L.L. Wood, G.A. Piniak, T.S. Viehman, and C.S. Bonn. 2006. Ongoing Monitoring of Tortugas Ecological Reserve: Assessing the Consequences of Reserve Designation. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 22. Beaufort, NC. 48 pp.

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Purports to develop a multiscale model to measure “the refuge effect” of a marine reserve by analyzing conditions in a relatively pristine marine reserve to compare with less pristine nearby marine park environments. Uses the Tortugas Ecological Reserve within Dry Tortugas National Park (Fla.) as a case study to demonstrate these components of a refuge effect assessment: improved habitat characterization, determination of biological boundaries, and effectiveness of a large MPA in supporting ecosystem recovery.

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