Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) gazetted in resource-poor areas of the seascape

Theres a new paper out by Edgar et al in Ecological Applications that tracks the ecosystem effects of 14 MPA’s, and exploited companion sites, in southern Australia and Tanzania over a 16 year period. The effects of the MPAs are interesting: biomass of large predators is on a steep increasing trend, while prey-species such as … Continue reading Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) gazetted in resource-poor areas of the seascape

Climate change pushes coral decline – Western Australian

The Western Australian, 1st December 2008 The world’s marine reserves may be helping to restore local fish populations, but they are failing to protect fragile coral reefs from the harsh effects of global warming, a conference has heard. Data collected from 8540 coral reefs in the Indian, Caribbean and Pacific regions from 1987 to 2005 … Continue reading Climate change pushes coral decline – Western Australian

Bush administration considering two massive Pacific marine reserves

One of the many big political surprises in the US yesterday was news that the Bush administration was considering implementing two or more massive marine reserves in US territories in the Pacific.  The move  would protect some of the regions most remote coral reefs.  What isn’t so surprising is that, according to the Washington Post, … Continue reading Bush administration considering two massive Pacific marine reserves