Policy Brief: Ecological Effects of Marine Managed Areas

 

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Overview

Scientists used a network of interdisciplinary studies to investigate the ecological effects of marine managed areas (MMAs) dispersed widely across the tropics. The results indicate that rigorously enforced MMAs can be an effective management tool to reduce overuse of natural resources and conflicts among different uses of the ocean. In addition, MMAs can provide important data for adaptive management of marine resources. This four-page policy brief draws from the Living with the Sea report.


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Lead authors
John Tschirky (Conservation International)
Les Kaufman (Boston University)

Project leads
Leah Bunce Karrer (Conservation International)
John Tschirky (Conservation International)
Les Kaufman (Boston University)

For more information
Les Kaufman
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1-617-407-3685

Images from the policy brief
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Front cover (JPG, 0.8 MB)
Front cover: gradient figure (PNG, 1.8 MB)
Front cover: photograph (JPG, 0.6 MB)
Conceptual diagram: the gradient of coral and fish from a degraded reef to a healthy reef (PNG, 0.9 MB)
Graph: Fish biomass at Coiba National Park, Panama (0.3 MB)
Graphs: Comparison of total fish biomass between marine reserve (no-take) and open-access (0.3 MB)
Graph: Coral recruitment and fish biomass in the Line Islands (PMG, 0.4 MB)

This publication funded by
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

For further reading
This summary draws from the full report: Kaufman L and Tschirky J (2010) Living with the Sea. Science and Knowledge Division, Conservation International, Arlington, VA, USA.