The tool is a software program.
It is a stand-alone software application.
It helps users optimize decisions on the size of local MPAs by calculating the proportion of the possible maximum number of individuals of each target species that will be effectively protected in MPAs of various conceivable sizes.
The tool is used as part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) toolbox. Users can access a database on common target species or upload their own species list with information on home ranges, densities, and/or maximum lengths in order to calculate MPA effectiveness for various MPA sizes.
The tool is used to help users establish effective MPAs for their local fishery species.
It is a software program available for installation as an executable file.
Ideally, users will have a basic understanding of reef fish biology. However, prior knowledge or expertise is not necessary a software user manual, summary and scientific paper are made available alongside the tool.
A user manual, summary and scientific paper are 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.
For more information, contact Dr Nils Krueck, The University of Queensland
|User guide: MPA size optimization tool||pdf / 2.84 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|MPA Size Optimization Tool installer||exe / 34.63 MB||DOWNLOAD|
|Journal article: Krueck et al (2017), Reserve sizes need to protect coral reef fishes, Conservation Letters||pdf / 698.04 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Supporting info: Krueck et al (2017), Reserve sizes needed to protect coral reef fishes, Conservation Letters||pdf / 298.4 KB||DOWNLOAD|
|Policy brief: Minimum size of no-take MPAs to protect coral reef fishes||pdf / 145.22 KB||DOWNLOAD|