Marine Protected Areas

Migratory species - and Marine Protected Areas

Migratory species - and Marine Protected Areas

Marine protected areas often look to take care of species that don't move very much. Can migratory species which can travel vast distances benefit from protected areas as well?

Movement, dispersal, & my PhD

Movement, dispersal, & my PhD

In my last post I mentioned that I am starting a PhD.  I promised to tell you a little more about what my research will be looking at, so here we go!

Canada’s marine protected areas protect…. not very much

Canada’s marine protected areas protect…. not very much

Current levels of protection inside Canada’s MPAs [marine protected areas] are inadequate to provide the long-term conservation of marine biodiversity. For the most part, there is little difference between what is allowed inside our MPAs and what occurs outside their boundaries”. Little difference… that’s a pretty damning statement from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).

Community-based conservation to rebuild fish stocks

Community-based conservation to rebuild fish stocks

Vanua Levu's Nagigi community want to create an aqoliqoli  - a short-term no take marine protected area - to ensure a sustainable future.  

Australia’s protected area network fails to adequately protect the world’s most threatened marine fishes

Australia’s protected area network fails to adequately protect the world’s most threatened marine fishes

Australia’s protected areas are inadequate for protecting one of the world’s most threatened marine fishes – the sawfish

Marine conservation and the human equation

Marine conservation and the human equation

Nathan Bennett has been actively researching the links between the environment and human societies for many years.

Are marine protected areas protecting the places that need protecting?

Are marine protected areas protecting the places that need protecting?

Marine protected areas differ if how much protection they offer, and some may in reality not offer much more protection than you get in the rest of the ocean anyway. Why does this happen? Politics.