The tool is a software program.
It is a single, stand-alone software program with supporting materials including a user guide, a scientific paper and a policy brief.
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.
Download the tool using the links at the bottom of this page.
The tool is open-access and is available free of charge, under the user agreement and stated terms and conditions (see www.ccres.net/terms).
A user guide and scientific paper are available to support users.
For best results, training in use of this tool is recommended.
For more information, contact Prof Peter Mumby.
|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|