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Recasting shortfalls of marine protected areas as opportunities through adaptive management


Ban, NC and Cinner, JE and Adams, VM and Mills, M and Almany, GR and Ban, SS and McCook, LJ and White, A, Recasting shortfalls of marine protected areas as opportunities through adaptive management, Aquatic Conservation, 22, (2) pp. 262-271. ISSN 1099-0755 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/aqc.2224


1. Many marine ecosystems are in critical decline.

2. Iterative assessments of the costs, benefits, and problems associated with conservation initiatives such as marine protected areas (MPAs) can help to improve their effectiveness.

3. The increasingly popular framework of marine spatial planning (MSP) provides opportunities for improving marine management but also needs to avoid similar shortfalls to those identified for MPAs.

4. There is a critical need for realistic presentation of the scope and capacity of MPAs to counteract biodiversity loss, both in isolation and as part of marine spatial planning or other approaches to complementary management.

5. The purpose of this viewpoint is to generate increased momentum to integrate MPAs with other strategies and to recognize the important advances that have been made in MPA planning, implementation and management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ocean, coastal, marine protected area, marine reserve, ecosystem approach, fishing, pollution
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:127214
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-07-18
Last Modified:2018-08-01

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