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This chapter examines many of the applications of artificial Iial)it;its in various aquatic environments. the actual focus is on their I)iological irnpacts with regard to fisheries and their actual or possi1)le role in fishery management. Grouping artificial liabitats by their primary users may be a risetul wav to categorize the applications of those structures for analysis. Four principal categories recognized here include artisanal fisheries: sinall-scale commercial fisheries: recreational fisheries and diving; the replaceinent of 1iabit;it lost from shoreside development (mitigation): and enhanceinent of haliitat in marine reserves. samples of the uses and impacts of artificial 1ial)itats tor these categories are discussed within the first section of this chapter. The second section focuses on the biological impacts of artificial habitats. Their much debated role during aggregating production and creating new production is presented in a roader context. it's proposed that artificial habitats may redistribute excp1oital)le 1)iomass without increasing it or total stock size;  aggregate previously unexploited iomass and increase exploitable biomass: or increase total biomass. The discussion of every provides examples. Throughout the text. attention is given to identitying the eEectivc uses of artificial habitats in fishery manageinent. Some of the higher documented fishery and environmental applications of artificial habitats are presented during this section. The intent isn't to supply ;in exhaustive global review, but rather to supply illustrative data for representative situations.      

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