MPAs as a Tool for Fisheries Management

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a Tool for Fisheries Management – new Web site launched in all 6 UN languages

Published on, 18 October 2007.

The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has launched a Web site to increase knowledge on the contribution of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to fisheries management. This Web site has been developed under a project aimed at supporting the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). One section of the site presents guidelines prepared by FAO on the design, implementation and testing of MPAs as a fisheries management tool.

Meetings & News;
link to the old fisheries website;

About: Mission – The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world’s fisheries and aquaculture. FAO is acutely aware of the fundamental social and economic role played by these two sectors in:

  • Meeting global and national sustainable food security;
  • Providing self and paid employment for fishing and aquaculture related communities as a means of alleviating poverty in these fishing communities and stemming rural/urban drift;
  • Contributing to national and international trade;
  • Generating national income.

Underpinning these basic social and economic objectives is the requirement for fisheries and aquaculture to be responsibly managed. This implies preventing overfishing, promoting sustainable aquaculture, co-ordination and delivery of effective research and extension and the empowerment of people, especially women tasks for which many FAO Members are not fully prepared. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department therefore provides, on the request of Members, technical assistance in all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture management and development … (full text).


It’s time to cut the bait;

subsidies data by country;

WTO documents;

WAICENT portal;

Only a few of RP’s marine protected areas ‘functioning’, Oct. 4, 2007;

California “Central Coast” Marine Protected Areas now in effect, Sep 24, 2007;

Canada’s New Government announces New Activities to Protect the Health of the Oceans, Oct 09, 2007;

Zone 1 in place for California’s no-fishing plan, Sept. 28, 2007;

North Western Waters Regional Advisory Council faces new challenges;

The event last month celebrated the implementation of the first network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the nation and one of the first in the world … (full text, Oct. 17, 2007);

The potential role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for fisheries management purposes: Fisheries Directorate’s summary of the main conclusions emerging from three desk studies, DEFRA, February 2006;

European Symposium on Marine Protected Areas, 2007;

MPAs in the context of Marine Spatial Planning – discussing the links, 24 pages;

Report on a Conference on Marine Diversity, Fisheries Management and Marine Protected Areas, Brussels 10 November 2005;

Rapid worldwide depletion of predatory fish communities – letters to nature – published on fisheries, by Ransom A. Myers & Boris Worm, Biology Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4J1, 66 pages, May 15, 2003.

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