Marine Protected Areas - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081026984

Marine Protected Areas

1st Edition

Science, Policy and Management

Editors: John Humphreys Robert Clark
Paperback ISBN: 9780081026984
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th October 2019
Page Count: 828
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Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management addresses a full spectrum of issues relating to Marine Protected Areas (MPS) not currently available in any other single volume. Chapters are contributed by a wide range of working specialists who examine conceptions and definitions of MPAs, progress on the implementation of worldwide MPAs, policy and legal variations across MPAs, the general importance of coastal communities in implementation, and the future of MPAs. The book constructively elucidates conflicts, issues, approaches and solutions in a way that creates a balanced consideration of the nature of effective policy and management.

Those in theory, designation, implementation or management of MPAs, from individuals, marine sector organizations, and university and research center libraries will find it an important work.

Key Features

  • Provides a much needed ‘one stop shop’ for information on Marine Protected Areas
  • Presents chapters from a diverse group of contributors, enabling a broad and deep perspective
  • Includes case studies throughout, providing real-life examples and best practice recommendations


Marine oceanographers, marine conservationists, Marine biologists, marine management practitioners, Aquatic Ecologists

Table of Contents

Part 1:  Policy
1. A critical history of marine protected areas
2. Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning: allocation of resource use and environmental protection 
3. Challenges facing MPAs in Southern African countries in light of expanding ocean economies across the sub-region
4. The South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area: towards the establishment of spatial protection in international waters
5. Uneasy Bedfellows: Fisheries and the Race to Find Space for Conservation 
6. The role of thriving coastal communities in the sustainable management of Marine Protected Areas 
7. The use of natural capital in the choice, management and evaluation of MPAs
8. Some consequences of policy deficits for marine protected area management
9. Managing Marine Protected Areas in Europe: Moving from ‘feature-based’ to ‘whole-site’ management of sites 
10. The Role of UK Marine Protected Area Management in contributing to sustainable development in the marine environment 
11. The law and marine protected areas: different regimes and their practical impacts in England
12. Marine Protected Areas in the UK – Conversation or Recovery?

Part 2:  Management
13. South Africa’s Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area: winners and losers
14. Developing a fisheries management plan for the Pitcairn Islands
15. Countering the threat of invasive species to the Galapagos marine reserve
16. Balancing local development and robust nature conservation: lessons learnt from Kosterhavet Marine National Park, Sweden
17. The Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area, Italy: what can we learn from this success story?
18. The challenges of setting up Marine Protected Areas in South East Asia 
19. Have you seen the dolphins? Participatory monitoring in a Brazilian multiple use marine protected area
20. A New Approach to Monitoring Marine Protected Area Management Success in the Dutch Caribbean
21. Crossing jurisdictions: the implementation of offshore Marine Protected Areas in an international fishery
22. A net positive effect? Assessing the impact on fishing opportunities within multiple-use MPAs. A case study from Scotland
23. Managing a dredge fishery within an English MPA, emergent lessons from policy and practice 
24. Marine Protected Areas - the importance of positive partnerships and stakeholder engagement for delivering environmental outcomes in a UK estuary
25.    Achieving compliance in marine protected areas

Part 3:  Science
26. Using Science Effectively: Selection, design and management of Marine Protected Areas
27. How new science should affect the application of protection measures for UK estuarine shorebirds
28. Verifying predictions of statistical models to define the size and shape of marine Special Protection Areas for foraging seabirds
29. Developments in understanding of red-throated diver responses to offshore wind farms in marine Special Protection Areas
30. Sediments and Marine Protected Areas
31. Physical processes in the Whitsand Bay MCZ – neighbour to a dredge-spoil disposal site 
32. Coastal saline lagoons: maintaining resilience in an era of acute environmental change
33. The Adaptive Capacity of the Willow (Salix Alba L.) to bridge the gap between MPAs and Harbour Entrances
34. Long term development of the Poole Harbour ecosystem: a case study from Holes Bay
35. Consequences of nitrate enrichment in a temperate estuarine MPA; response of the primary producers and consequences for MPA management 
36. Developing indicators of eutrophication in protected estuaries: the measurement of macroalgal mat coverage and biomass
37. Assessing the benefits of shellfish aquaculture in improving water quality in Poole Harbour, an Estuarine Marine Protected Area
38. Nitrogen pollution in coastal Marine Protected Areas: A river catchment partnership to plan and deliver targets in a UK estuarine Special Protection Area

Part 4: Concluding remarks
39. Marine Protected Areas: Quo Vadis?


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About the Editor

John Humphreys

After ten years as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich, London, John moved to the south coast of England where he is currently visiting professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Portsmouth and Chairman of the Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority: The latter statutory organisation being responsible for a sea area of which more than 50% is occupied by 15 marine protected areas with over 30 different overlapping designations. His main research focus is on the ecology of non-native bivalve species, but he has also published on various aspects of policy. His work in Africa won a Queen’s Award for his University in 2007. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and on the Council of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Greenwich, UK

Robert Clark

Robert is a fisheries and conservation manager with 20 years of practical experience of developing and implementing coastal and marine fisheries management. Robert holds degrees in Environmental Protection, Coastal Management and an MBA (Open). The majority of his career has been spent working in fisheries and MPA management and planning in the UK. He worked extensively as a sea going enforcement officer and qualified as a helmsman with the RNLI with extensive prior search and rescue experience. He has been responsible for developing and implementing successful strategy to turn around some of the poorest performing fisheries in the UK and in so doing delivering both conservation as well as economic benefits. Robert is a Council Member of the Institute of Fisheries Management and Chief Officer for the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority where he has overall responsibility for delivering MPA and fisheries management strategy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Executive Officer, Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), UK

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