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Should all marine reserves ban fishing? Not necessarily, new study shows

February 29, 2024

Marine protected areas intended to safeguard biodiversity in the ocean come in many different sizes and shapes. Some cover large swaths of the ocean, while others are smaller in scale. There are also differences among MPAs regarding their rules, particularly when it comes to fishing. Some MPAs allow certain forms of fishing; others ban it entirely or in some parts through what are known as no-take zones.

But are no-take MPAs more effective at boosting fish populations than multiple-use MPAs, which do allow some fishing? A new study suggests that both types can improve fish populations, depending on where and how they’re set up.

Protecting Fish Doesn’t Have to Mean Neglecting People, Study Concludes

February 26, 2024

BEAUFORT, N.C. – With fish stocks declining globally, more than 190 countries recently made a commitment to protect about a third of the world’s oceans within “Marine Protected Areas,” or MPAs by the year 2030. But these designated areas of the ocean where fishing is either regulated or outright banned can come at a huge cost to some coastal communities, according to a new analysis.

Protecting fish and communities should be balanced, concludes study of Marine Protected Areas

February 26, 2024

With fish stocks declining globally, more than 190 countries recently committed to protecting about one-third of the world’s oceans within Marine Protected Areas (or MPAs) by the year 2030. But these designated areas of the ocean – where fishing is either regulated or outright banned – can come at a huge cost to some coastal communities, according to a new analysis published in in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fish conservation does not have to mean neglecting people

February 26, 2024

Facing the global challenge of declining fish stocks, over 190 countries have committed to establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) covering around one-third of the world’s oceans by 2030. These designated zones, where fishing activities are regulated or prohibited, aim to support marine biodiversity recovery.

However, a recent study reveals the potential socioeconomic challenges these MPAs pose to coastal communities reliant on fishing for sustenance, income, and cultural heritage.

‘Blue Justice’ Is Essential for Building Coastal Resilience. New Study Shows

March 16, 2023

Climate change and rapid economic development have placed increased pressures on many coastal communities in recent years. Now, a new international study shows there is also a third force—the unintended consequences of conservation measures enacted with little or no consideration of local rights and needs—that can compound the harm. The study’s authors call the combined effects of these three forces a “triple exposure.”

Blue Justice: a new movement in favor of coastal communities, often excluded from decisions in conservation

February 2023

The Blue Justice working group publishes concurrent articles examining the linkages between ocean conservation, climate change, and equity.

 

The Duke Daily Check This Out! Swimming with Whale Sharks

David Gill films whale sharks to show the positive effects of marine protected areas

 

 

We are proud to be part of Earth Optimism: an online event full of inspiring talks, powerful films, and practical solutions to help protect the future of our planet.

Mar 25, 2021 at 8 PM EDT

 

Congratulations to Miranda Bernard, a recipient of the 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. Miranda Bernard will complete a project titled, “Justice and equity in marine protected areas: understanding the differential impacts of marine threats and management actions within coastal communities” under the academic mentorship of Dr. David Gill

 

Conservation that Benefits Both Fish and Humans

November 11, 2020

“You want the impacts of these areas to be positive and equitable for all affected communities, but the marine environment is complex.” – David Gill

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Evidence in Environmental Conservation

November 12, 2018

 

 

 

New study finds MPA effectiveness is greatest where there is adequate staff and funding

April 18, 2017

 

 

 

Marine Protected Areas need more than just a name

April 11, 2017

 

 

Marine protected areas suffer from lack of funds, staff

March 22, 2017

 

 

 

The secret of successful marine protected areas? People.

March 22, 2017