Movement patterns of temperate wrasses (Labridae) within a small marine protected area
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Original versionJournal of Fish Biology. 2021, 99 (4), 1513-1518. 10.1111/jfb.14825
The movement patterns of three commercially important wrasse (Labridae) species inside a small marine protected area (~ 0.15 km2) on the west coast of Norway were analysed over a period of 21 months. The mean distance between capture and recapture locations varied between 10 and 187 m, and was species and season specific. The extent of movement was not related to body size or sex. These results imply that a network of small strategically located marine protected areas can be used as management tools to protect wrasses from size- and sex-selective fishing mortality.