Participation Important for Healthy Marine Parks
Source: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
February 22, 2010
The involvement of locals is a key ingredient in the success of marine parks which protect coral reefs and fish stocks.
The largest-scale study to date of how coastal communities influence successful outcomes in marine reserves has found that human population pressure was a critical factor in whether or not a reserve succeeded in protecting marine resources - but so too was local involvement in research and management.
The team looked at how successful coral reef marine reserves were at conserving fish stocks. They studied 56 marine reserves from 19 different countries throughout Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean.
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