Residual marine protected areas five years on: Are we still favouring ease of establishment over need for protection?

Rodolphe Devillers, Robert L. Pressey, Trevor J. Ward, Alana Grech, John N. Kittinger, Graham J. Edgar, Reg A. Watson

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Abstract

1.Marine protected areas (MPAs) are today's cornerstone of many marine conservation strategies. Our 2015 study (Devillers et al., 2015) and others have shown, however, that the placement of MPAs is ‘residual’ to commercial uses and biased towards areas of lower economic value or interest. 2.In this paper, we explored the impact of our study on marine science, policy and management practice. 3.We reviewed the papers citing our work and compiled expert opinions on some of the impacts of our study. 4.Results indicate a strong general uptake in the scientific community but more uneven impacts on policy and management in different contexts, with a likely smaller impact of the research on conservation practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1764
Number of pages7
JournalAquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • extractive uses
  • marine protected area
  • marine reserve
  • ocean management
  • research impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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