CCRES Tools


Marine Planning

Rebuilding reef fisheries with marine protected areas (MPAs) toolbox

Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning for MPAs hosted by UQ, UniMelb and WWF Indonesia Photo: P Mumby

WHAT IS THIS TOOL?

This toolbox includes a set of tools, comprising:

  1. Policy guidelines on using no take Marine Protected Area (MPAs) to sustain and rebuild fisheries
  2. A tool to optimize MPA placement for both conservation and fisheries
  3. A tool to determine the locally optimal size of no-take MPAs
  4. Fish SPACE (Fisheries for Sustaining People’s Access through Conservation and Equitable Systems) — a spatial planning tool that highlights the consequences of alternative decisions on total MPA coverage, placement and local size.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The toolbox enables coastal planners and policymakers to support decisions on the total coverage/number, placement and local size of MPAs, in order to sustain and rebuild fisheries and to protect coastal biodiversity.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Tools can be accessed through an easyto-use web-based interface, software and printed materials.

WHEN IS IT USED?

This toolbox supports MSP by assisting users to develop zoning plans specifically to rebuild and sustain coral reef fisheries as well as to help protect biodiversity.

WHO CAN USE IT?

  • Policy makers
  • Government and NGO planners undertaking MSP
  • Researchers studying marine reserve design

AND THE TRAINING?

The training workshop covers:

  1. The use of marine reserves to rebuild fisheries and protect biodiversity
  2. Policy perspective: how much area should be designated as core zone to sustain and rebuild fisheries?
  3. How large should local core zones be to protect biodiversity and help rebuild fisheries?
  4. The connectivity of reefs throughout a seascape by ocean currents transporting larval fish
  5. Methods to design networks of core zones that are optimised to either rebuild fisheries, protect biodiversity or both
  6. Training on the software to design networks of core zones

It includes sessions dedicated to developing and discussing MPA designs of practical relevance to workshop participants. 

Government and NGO planners undertaking MSP

Researchers studying marine reserve design


Duration: 5 days

Prerequisites: Skills in GIS are desirable


More information: Prof Peter Mumby