Include fishers in management groups for marine protected areas
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Marine Protected Areas are designations to protect and conserve areas based on a particular ecological feature or sensitivity. The level of restrictions on human activities, including fishing, within such areas varies. Some areas have multiple users and may previously have been a source of food and income for fishers. Including fishers in the groups that set out the design and management of protected areas may improve compliance and help to create more effective management zones (Weigel et al. 2014)
Weigel J., Mannle K.O., Bennett N.J., Carter E., Westlund L., Burgener V., Hoffman Z., Da Silva A.S., Kane E.A., Sanders J., Piante C., Wagiman S. & Hellman A. (2014) Marine protected areas and fisheries: bridging the divide. Aquatic Conservation, 24, 199–215.