MPAs Are Just One Tool In The Ocean Conservation Tool Box
A colleague of mine and the Facebook Group Manager of the Citizen Scientist for the Oceans group posted a couple of articles about Marine Conservation and Marine Protected Areas. In each article, the topic was how Marine Protected Areas were not as successful because they couldn’t protect against 2 things:
- Local stakeholders (shark fishermen) who didn’t have alternative livings to take care of their families; and,
- Couldn’t protect coral reef habitats in the most complex and largest multi-use marine protected areas in the world from sea surface temperature increased- coral bleaching (due to climate change).
MPAs work for that they are designed to do, protect habitats from human uses such as over fishing, tourism, oil and gas drilling, and mining. It does not protect against bad water quality (nutrients and sedimentation) and climate change.
Listen to the podcast as to why this is so and what we need to do about it.
Links To Resources Discussed in This Podcast
- “Each year, millions of sharks are killed in Indonesian waters, home to the world’s largest shark fishery. Over the past decade, conservation groups and area governments have sought to reduce this toll.“ as reported by Alexander Deedy in Hakai Magazine
- Best Protected Great Barrier Reef Corals Are Now Dead. As reported by John Upton in Climate Central
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