Marine Planning

MPA placement optimization tool

Caption: A health coral reef displays a diverse range of corals (P Mumby)

WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

The tool is a software program.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS TO IT?

It is a single, stand-alone software program.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

WHEN IS IT USED?

The tool is used to maximize the expected effectiveness of MPAs for both biodiversity conservation and fisheries management.

IN WHAT FORMAT IS IT AVAILABLE?

It is a software program available for installation as an executable file.

WHO IS THE TARGET END-USER?

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

WHAT USER SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

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.

IS TECHNICAL TRAINING OR SUPPORT REQUIRED?

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.


For more information, contact Dr Nils Krueck, The University of Queensland


Downloads:

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User guide: MPA Placement Optimization Tool pdf / 9.19 MB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
MPA Placement Optimization Tool installer exe / 34.85 MB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
Journal article: Krueck et al (2017), Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design for both conservation and fisheries, Ecological Applications pdf / 2.88 MB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
Policy brief: Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design pdf / 252.82 KB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD