Marine Planning

MPA size optimization tool

Caption: Fisherman in El Nido, Philippines (Ted Gilliland)

WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

The tool is a software program.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PARTS TO IT?

It is a stand-alone software application.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

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.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

WHEN IS IT USED?

The tool is used to help users establish effective MPAs for their local fishery species.

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 marine reserve design

WHAT USER SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

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.

IS TECHNICAL TRAINING OR SUPPORT REQUIRED?

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


Downloads:

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User guide: MPA size optimization tool pdf / 2.84 MB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
MPA Size Optimization Tool installer exe / 34.63 MB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
Journal article: Krueck et al (2017), Reserve sizes need to protect coral reef fishes, Conservation Letters pdf / 698.04 KB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
Supporting info: Krueck et al (2017), Reserve sizes needed to protect coral reef fishes, Conservation Letters pdf / 298.4 KB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD
Policy brief: Minimum size of no-take MPAs to protect coral reef fishes pdf / 145.22 KB LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD