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tom howden tom_howden at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 8 13:25:43 EST 2004

Just a quick note in response to John McManus's article on artificial reefs. The article seems at first to be directed at the conservation value of artificial reefs then shifts to their value as tools for fisheries. Shouldn't the use of artificial reefs be seen across a broad spectrum as both tools for conservation and in some cases also be used as tools for fisheries management? 

If artificial reefs are to be used as tools for both purposes then they should be managed as such with appropriate levels of protection. It is all very well pointing out the failures of artificial reefs as fisheries management devices if that is what they were intended for and have failed to deliver, but where management objectives do not include fisheries enhancement pointing out such failure is innapropriate. 

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