Publication of a Research Report on the Evaluation of Marine Protected Area Management Measures
MarineSpace Ltd is delighted to announce the publication of the research report ‘MMO1172: Evaluation of Marine Protected Area [MPA] Management Measures’, produced with Prof. Dickon Howell, of Howell Marine Consulting, and Dr Rob Blyth-Skyrme, of Ichthys Marine Ecological Consulting Ltd.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) selected MarineSpace and its associates to undertake the project at the end of 2018 and work began in January 2019. The aim of the project was to identify global examples of successful approaches or measures from comparable habitats and fisheries that could be applied in a UK context, with a particular focus on measures to protect ephemeral and mobile species.
Phase 1 of the report comprised a literature review and interviews with stakeholders of varied backgrounds (academia, non-governmental organisations, regulatory bodies, consultancy, fisheries and government) to inform a needs assessment of the current MPA management regime.
Phase 2 comprised a second literature review to identify global examples of priority fishery / feature interactions (as identified in Phase 1) to use as case studies. The applicability of the 15 case studies identified was evaluated using a list of criteria and scoring matrix developed for this project. Following a discussion of the findings, 12 recommendations were made.
MarineSpace’s Ophelie Humphrey, an author on the report, was pleased to have been involved. “As my first lead role on a research project this was a significant learning curve. The project was made possible through excellent communication with the experienced associates and the MMO. The report will help to inform appropriate approaches to fisheries management in MPAs in the UK.
The full report can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evaluation-of-marine-protected-area-management-measures-concerning-fishing-mmo1172