Seminar title: Rules of thumb for marine protected area design really work!
Presented by: Alison Green
Seminar type: Public forum
Presentation given at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies 2009 public forum "Securing coral reef futures".
Designing effective networks of marine protected areas (MPA) requires understanding how coral reef species move around among reefs. Unfortunately this information is not available for most species, and managers have been using "rules of thumb" for MPA network design (how big and how far apart the MPAs should be) to try and take this into account. Recently, scientists from the ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies developed innovative new methods for empirically measuring the movement of coral reef fishes among reefs in a proposed MPA network in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Results demonstrate, for the first time, that these rules of thumb for MPA network design really work!
Dr Alison Green is Senior Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific Conservation Region, and is the Conservancy's strategy lead for designing and implementing resilient networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Coral Triangle. In 2006, Alison led the design of a resilient network of MPAs in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, and she is currently involved in designing several MPA networks in Indonesia.