The tool is a software program.
It is a single, stand-alone software program.
The MPA placement tool helps users optimize larval dispersal around MPAs in order to achieve flexible management objectives, including both biodiversity conservation and fishery benefits. It does this by generating an input file for the popular Marxan software.
The tool is used as part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) toolbox. Priority MPA locations identified by the tool are likely to harbour fish populations that are selfreplenishing, supported by the influx of larvae from other areas, and/or sending larvae to other areas most important for fisheries or threatened by other disturbances.
The tool is used to maximize the expected effectiveness of MPAs for both biodiversity conservation and fisheries management.
It is a software program available for installation as an executable file.
Ideally, users will have a basic understanding of marine population dynamic processes. However, prior knowledge or expertise is not necessary as a software user manual, summary and scientific paper are made available alongside the tool.
A user manual, summary, and scientific paper is available to support users.
NOTE: We are currently offering a oneday training course covering the scientific background, parameterization and interpretation of outcomes using the tool.
STATUS: IN PROGRESS/PENDING UPLOADS
For more information, contact Dr Nils Krueck, The University of Queensland