Marine Protected Areas overlook a large fraction of biodiversity hotspots

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


Current marine protected areas (MPAs) leave almost three-quarters of ecologically and functionally important species unprotected, concludes a new performance assessment of the Finnish MPA network.

Published in Frontiers in Marine Science, the study finds the MPAs were designated with little knowledge of local marine biodiversity — and that increasing existing networks by just 1% in ecologically most relevant areas could double conservation of the most important species.

In addition to identifying areas of high conservation value, the methodology — which uses a unique new dataset of 140,000 samples — can also be used in ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and impact avoidance, including siting of wind energy infrastructure, aquaculture and other human activities…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (11-08-2018)

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