Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

Science, Policy and Management

1st Edition - October 18, 2019

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  • Editors: John Humphreys, Robert Clark
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026991
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026984

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Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management addresses a full spectrum of issues relating to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) 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

  • Foreword: Progress towards the conservation and sustainable use of the oceasn: targets and challenges

    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 marine protected areas in Southern African countries in light of the expanding ocean economies in the sub-region
    4. The South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area: towards the establishment of marine spatial protection within the international waters in the Southern Ocean
    5. Uneasy Bedfellows: Fisheries and the search for space for Marine Conservation Zones in English Waters
    6. The role of 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 instabilities for marine protecred 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 - conservation or recovery?
    13. South Africa's Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area - winners and losers

    14. Developing a fisheries management plan for the Pitcairn Islands Marine Protected Area
    15. Countering the threat of invaive species to the Galapagos marine reserve
    16. Balancing rural development and robust nature conservation - lessons learnt from Kosterhavet Marine National Park, Sweden
    17. The Torre Guaceto marine protected area e what can we learn from this success story?
    18. The challenges of establishing marine protected areas in South East Asia
    19. Have you seen the dolphins? Dolphin watching 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 a marine protected area: resolving environmental and socio-economic objectives
    24. Marine protected areas - the importance of positive partnerships and stakeholder engagement for delivering environmental outcomes in an estuary
    25. Enforcement capabilities and compliance in English Marine Protected Areas: the art of the possible

    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 (terns)
    29. Developments in understanding of red-throated diver responses to offshore wind farms in marine Special Protection Areas
    30. Sediment transport and Marine Protected Areas
    31. On sediment dispersal in the Whitsand Bay Marine Conservation Zone: neighbour to a closed dredge-spoil disposal site
    32. Maintaining ecological resilience on a regional scale: coastal saline lagoons in a northern European marine protected area
    33. The adaptive capacity of the willow (Salix alba L.) to bridge the gap between MPAs and harbour entrances
    34. Palaeoenvironmental determination of biogeochemistry and ecological response in an estuarine marine protected area
    35. Consequences of nitrate enrichment in a temperate estuarine marine protected area; response of the microbial primary producers and consequences for
    36. Macroalgal mats in a eutrophic estuarine marine protected area: implications for benthic invertebrates and wading birds
    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

    39. Marine Protected Areas: Quo Vadis?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 828
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: October 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081026991
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081026984

About the Editors

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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