A Comparison of Marine Protected Areas and Alternative Approaches to Coral-Reef Management

An objective look at different types of MPAs and their effectiveness in conserving reef resources, the results reveal that three of the four sites that demonstrated greater average size and biomass of fishes within managed areas than outside of MPAs were self-governing traditional management regimes. This study also examines socioeconomic variables at each site and their relationship to MPA outcomes. This paper emphasizes the importance of considering local socioeconomic factors and working with communities to develop appropriate adaptive regulations in order to improve MPA effectiveness.

Author: McClanahan, T.R., M.J. Marnane, J.E. Cinner, and W.E. Kiene
Year: 2006
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Current Biology 16: 1408-1413. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.062

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