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.
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.
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, a scientific paper and a policy brief 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 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|