California’s marine fisheries policies strive to encourage growth of commercial fisheries while protecting ecosystems. To further these policies, the California Fish and Game Commission implemented several no-take marine reserves (i.e., marine protected areas [MPAs]) within the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) in April 2003 . This region is a major fishing ground for California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), and the lobster industry has shown considerable concern about how these MPAs may affect their fishery. In January 2004, we proposed to monitor these potential effects by measuring juvenile and adult spillover from the MPAs into the lobster fishery
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