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Video: Malpelo Island Hope Spot Expedition

The Mission Blue Expedition visited the Malpelo Island Hope Spot located 310 miles off the coast of Colombia. In this best best practice story, Sandra Bussedo of the Malpelo Foundation and other experts share story of this Marine Protected Area (MPA), how they protect its biodiversity and the challenges they face. The team also works on improving the region's network of MPAs and shares research results to be able to better protect hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and other migratory shark species in the East Pacific. 

Sharks, rays and marine protected areas: A critical evaluation of current perspectives

Although Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly advocated for the protection of sharks and rays, which species can benefit from MPAs remains largely unclear and many recently created large MPAs have vague objectives and potentially different notions of 'success'. Therefore, this article critically evaluates perspectives on how MPAs can contribute to shark and ray conservation. It is argued that a stronger focus on achieving social outcomes in the establishment and management of MPAs can benefit the protection of sharks and rays.

A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays

This guide provides science-based advice on developing and maintaining MPAs for sharks and rays, which are increasingly threatened with extinction. Supported by examples of MPAs around the world, the clear guidelines help to maximize the impact of spatial protection by outlining how to ensure the areas are well designed, implemented, managed and enforced for the long term. The guide builds on the most comprehensive global analysis to date of the effectiveness of shark-focused MPAs, as well as a review of known information on the movement of sharks. 

Informe Galápagos 2015 - 2016 (Spanish)

The Galapagos Report is a compilation of articles covering topics in several environmental themes related to the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The scientific report's purpose is to provide all stakeholders of the Galapagos Islands with up-to-date information, analyses and recommendations on a variety of issues that may inform policy and management. Generally, the Galapagos Report is pusblished every two years by the Galapagos National Park Directorate, the Governing Council of Galapagos, the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy.

Marine Section Galapagos Report 2015 - 2016

The Galapagos Report is a compilation of articles covering topics in several environmental themes related to the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The scientific report's purpose is to provide all stakeholders of the Galapagos Islands with up-to-date information, analyses and recommendations on a variety of issues that may inform policy and management. This marine section of the Galapagos Report 2015 - 2016 contains scientific articles on a variety of marine topics.