Managing for Resilience
The most fundamental piece of the Reef Resilience model is effective management. Maintaining healthy coral reef communities is the first line of defense against any major or minor disturbance. Corals that are already under stress are at a greater disadvantage when facing additional stressful conditions, such as elevated sea temperatures. Therefore, if managers are faced with limited choices in terms of steps to take in the face of rising sea temperatures, reducing all other threats should be the priority.
This section introduces some fundamental issues and approaches managers should consider in efforts to protect coral reef communities. It outlines measures to assist with design of appropriate monitoring programs, and provides links to monitoring protocols and tools to measure effectiveness.
MPAs Help Corals Recover (0:31)
David Obura discusses how MPAs help corals recover after bleaching events.
For those just beginning in the field of coral reef management, there are some excellent texts available that provide broad overviews of the issues and approaches found to be most effective.
Marine and Coastal Protected Areas: A Guide for Planners and Managers
By Rodney V. Salm and John R. Clark, 3rd Edition.
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Marine Reserves: A Guide to Science, Design, and Use
By Jack Sobel and Craig Dahlgren.
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Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Guidebook
By Melanie McField and Patricia Richards Kramer.
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