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Preference classes in society for coastal marine protected areas

This article analyses societal preferences and economic support for coastal Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Wales, United Kingdom through a latent class choice experiment approach. The findings show that people in general support the ocean protection offered by MPAs and that they, as a society, are willing bear the costs deriving from conservation. Although the respondents generally oppose MPAs were human activity is not allowed at all, the results indicate that three classes of societal preferences can be established regarding the management of potentially sea-floor damaging activities.

Diving enthusiasts could be used to measure ocean temperatures

Millions of holidaying scuba divers are able to become citizen scientists and take vital measurements of ocean temperatures, which are being driven up by climate change.

More than 90% of the heat trapped by global warming goes into oceans, where it drives hurricanes and disrupts fish stocks. Satellites can measure surface temperature when there are no clouds, but getting data from below the surface is much harder and more expensive.

Developing Marine Protected Area Networks in the Coral Triangle

The Coral Triangle MPA network aims to become a comprehensive, ecologically representative and well-managed system of MPAs. This article describes six case studies from the Coral Triangle region that took different approaches to establish and manage MPAs. By analyzing these different case studies, five aspects that contribute to successful outcomes are determined.

Local fishing rights + marine reserves: a better approach to small-scale fisheries recovery

This online article argues that when no-takes zones are combined with Territorial User Rights Fisheries (TURF), both fisheries and ecological priorities benefit more than when only no-takes zones exist in the area. With this community-driven protection system, local artisanal fishers receive exclusive access to a selected fishery area, which makes the ‘race to fish’ impossible.

Towards more Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean (Video)

This video shares the objectives and strategies of the MedPAN South Project; a 4-year collaborative project (2008-2012) aimed at improving the management effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the south and east of the Mediterranean and supporting the creation of new ones. Led by WWF Mediterranean, it partners with more than 20 national and international organisations to deliver an ambitious programme of support for the MPAs and rele

Marine Protected Areas succeed with community support (Video)

This video of RARE shows their MPA strategy in Southeast Asia: "Fisheries collapse is a threat facing most fishing communities in Southeast Asia. Communities can reduce this threat by establishing marine protected areas, portions of the sea where fishing is prohibited, that then improve fish stocks which spill over outside the area. Rare trains and works with local conservation leaders to help engage their communities to reduce threats to their environment.

Success stories from Malaysia

This document is a collection of success stories that relate to marine reserves in Malaysia, part of the Coral Triangle Initiative. The stories reveal the involvement of the local communities, as well as the socio-economic influences the marine conservation strategies had on their lives. Each case study shows that community involvement is crucial and beneficial in MPA management.

Policy Brief: Integrating Human Dimensions into MPA Planning and Management

The focus of this policy brief is on the principles, approaches and key directives that should guide consideration and incorporation of human dimensions into MPA planning and management especially in the context of local communities living in or adjacent to MPAs. The policy brief draws on an extensive review of the literature, best practices guidelines and empirical research conducted by the MPA research team in the EEU at UCT in several MPAs in South Africa.

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