More resources on MPAs and COVID-19: Management challenges - How sites are coping - Instituting new user policies

MPA News

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, MPA News continues to compile resources that may be of value to our readers. Here is our latest batch.

Blogs, news media, journal articles

The lockdown seriously impacted Mediterranean MPAs: Results of survey (MedPAN) – MedPAN’s survey of 35 practitioners found reductions in tourism and fishing at MPAs across the Mediterranean, as well as several other impacts.

Brief videos by World Heritage site managers on how their sites are coping with the COVID-19 crisis (UNESCO) – These videos include testimonials from four marine sites: Banc d’Arguin National Park (Mauritania), Komodo National Park (Indonesia), Sundarbans National Park (India), and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (Philippines).

Managing Buccoo Reef Marine Park (Trinidad and Tobago Newsday) – During the temporary closure of Buccoo Reef Marine Park amid the pandemic, Tobago policymakers used the downtime to institute a new user policy and permit system with the goal of transforming the MPA from ineffective to effective.

Galápagos Biosecurity Lab Tests for COVID-19 (WildAid) – A laboratory built to control invasive species and diseases in the Galápagos Islands has been converted temporarily to a COVID-19 testing facility for the archipelago.

In COVID’s Shadow, Illegal Fishing Flourishes (Hakai Magazine) – With COVID-19 lockdowns, Brazil’s capacity to monitor for illegal fishing has plummeted, including in Abrolhos Marine National Park.

The COVID-19 Pandemic, Small-Scale Fisheries and Coastal Fishing Communities, by N.J. Bennett et al. (Coastal Management journal) – While much of the COVID-19 news for coastal fishing communities is dire, there have been some positive outcomes such as collective actions to safeguard rights, collaborations between communities and governments, and reduced fishing pressure in some places.

Webinar recordings

Marine Management Challenges for the Caribbean UK Territories in the Context of Covid-19, held 15 June 2020; co-hosted by Marine Conservation Society (UK) and the UK’s Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

COVID-19’s Impact on Poaching & Reducing Shark Fin Demand, held 24 June 2020; hosted by WildAid

Prior MPA News articles

MPAs, COVID-19, and the coming financial crisis: What impacts are practitioners already seeing, and how are they responding?, MPA News, May 2020

“Donors have started to shift funding to address other urgent and essential needs”: An interview with Markus Knigge of Blue Action Fund, MPA News, June 2020

“We need to be talking about innovation”: Insights from the World Economic Forum panel on MPAs and COVID-19, MPA News, June 2020

More resources on MPAs and COVID-19: Guidance and grants, MPA News, June 2020

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