Two weeks ago I was in Kokopo, in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea with a dedicated team from The Nature Conservancy, CSIRO and the University of Queensland. I was there to help facilitate one of their workshops on delivering tools that can help local-level governments (LLGs) work towards creating their land- and sea-use plans, ultimately informing their own sustainable … Continue reading Tools workshop on responsible sustainable development in East New Britain
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 The importance of fishing grounds as perceived by local communities can be undervalued by measures of socioeconomic cost used in conservation planning
Small, targeted community-managed reserves can balance conservation and fisheries benefits.Conservation commonly requires trade-offs between social and ecological goals. For tropical small-scale fisheries, social considerations often require community-based management – carried out at very small spatial scales. This is of particular concern for large coral reef fishes, such as many species of grouper, which migrate to aggregations to … Continue reading NEW PAPER: Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management
Next Monday, Mélanie Hamel will present her PhD pre-completion seminar. Title: Protecting the unknown: what data for local coral reef conservation planning? Where: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville (map). When: Monday 15th June 2015, 12:00 to 13:00 hrs. Abstract: Systematic conservation planning helps to identify candidate protected areas to represent biodiversity … Continue reading SEMINAR: Protecting the unknown – What data for local coral reef conservation planning?