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New Paper: Purpose, policy, and practice: Intent and reality for on-ground management and outcomes of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

A complex and increasing range of environmental and legal policy initiatives have been established to conserve biodiversity by improving management of human activities and their impacts on marine environments. These policies include international agreements, laws and conventions along with those at the national and local level, and span many sectors including conservation, fisheries, and agriculture. … Continue reading New Paper: Purpose, policy, and practice: Intent and reality for on-ground management and outcomes of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

In the far southern coast of Myanmar (formally Burma) lies a group of around 800 tropical islands, collectively called the Myeik Archipelago. This is an area of ecological and social significance to Myanmar, and a proposed marine protected area (MPA) site. I was lucky enough to visit the archipelago last week with my supervisor Dr. Amy … Continue reading Research reconnaissance in the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

New Paper: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning

Marine reserve placement must account for the importance of places for resource use to minimize negative socioeconomic impacts and improve compliance. It is often assumed that placing marine reserves in locations that minimize lost fishing opportunities will reduce impacts on coastal communities, but the influence of the fishing data used on this outcome remains poorly … Continue reading New Paper: The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning

Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas

I was recently invited by the Wildlife Institute of India (with funding from GIZ India) to visit the Andaman Islands, a 2.5 hour flight east from Chennai.  The trip was primarily to workshop a draft approach that I had developed to assist the Indians to better assess the management effectiveness of their MPAs.  Together with … Continue reading Helping to improve management effectiveness in Indian coastal and marine protected areas

The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016

The Ecology Society of Australia 2016 conference is happening now in Fremantle, Western Australia. A few of the Conservation Planning Group are in attendance, so come learn about what we're working on, and say hi! Tuesday 29th Nov, 15:00, Rottnest Room Rebecca Weeks - Expansion of marine reserve networks via social diffusion benefits ecological connectivity … Continue reading The Conservation Planning Group at ESA 2016

New Paper: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation

Jessica and colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, and the French Research Institute for Development recently published a paper in PLoS ONE. The study looked at different factors related to data resolution and spatial heterogeneity involved in the process of prioritising areas for marine conservation, and how … Continue reading New Paper: Sympathy for the devil: Detailing the effects of planning-unit size, thematic resolution of reef classes, and socioeconomic costs on spatial priorities for marine conservation

Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Bob Pressey, James Cook University; Alana Grech, Macquarie University, and Trevor J Ward, University of Technology Sydney The federal government is considering changes to Australia’s marine reserves to implement a national system. This week The Conversation is looking at the science behind marine … Continue reading Conversation Piece – The Coral Sea: an ocean jewel that needs more protection

Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines

Last week I was in the Philippines, trying to understand what motivates collaboration between local governments on coastal resource management. The Philippines is recognised as leading the way in “scaling up” from locally managed marine protected areas (MPAs) to MPA networks. Responsibility for managing coastal resources (and designating MPAs) is devolved to local municipalities, many of … Continue reading Mapping collaboration networks in the Philippines

Seminar – Ed Scare: Making an impact in marine conservation

Next Tuesday, Ed Sacre will be presenting his PhD confirmation seminar: Making an impact in marine conservation: shifting the focus towards threat mitigation and avoiding residual conservation Abstract: To have the greatest impact in marine conservation we must minimise threats to marine biodiversity. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the mostly widely used tools to … Continue reading Seminar – Ed Scare: Making an impact in marine conservation