The December 2003/January 2004 issue of MPA News offered two essays by scientists on marine reserve research. One questioned the rigor with which reserve research has been conducted, while the other explained difficulties involved in studying reserves, including finding adequate control sites. The essays presented a dilemma: we all want the best science on reserves, but to get it will require significantly more time and money - resources that are already scarce for managers.
Australia to compensate fishers impacted by MPAs
The list of potential benefits from closing ocean areas to extractive uses include the conservation of biodiversity within these reserves and the improvement of conditions for fisheries outside of them - the latter owing to the export of larvae and spillover of adults from the protected areas. Some marine reserves have been designated with both conservation and increased fisheries yields as goals, seeking a win-win situation for biodiversity and fishermen.
By Trevor Willis, Russell Millar, Russ Babcock & Nick Tolimieri
By Fiona Gell and Callum Roberts
The World Heritage Convention, adopted in 1972 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), seeks to protect the world's most important cultural and natural heritage. In designating more than 700 locales as World Heritage sites - from Vatican City to the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef - the 177 state parties to the convention have indicated their desire to see these places preserved for future generations to enjoy.