Report 455
A global review of long-term Marine Protected Area monitoring programmes: Volume 1: Main Report, Volume 2: Appendix 1 - 4
(2011)
The application of a good framework to marine biological monitoring
Addison, P.
This review evaluates some key long-term MPA monitoring programmes from around the world against a good monitoring framework. The report highlights several issues concerned with these monitoring programmes. The current issues with these monitoring programmes and lessons learned from other fields of marine and environmental research are relevant to all types of environmental monitoring. These lessons should help improve the scientific credibility and success of current and upcoming marine monitoring programmes.

 

Summary

Long-term monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is a requirement for successful adaptive management and global biodiversity conservation.  There is now substantial scientific evidence which demonstrates the positive effects of MPAs; however some scientists have voiced their concerns about the scientific credibility of MPA monitoring.  In particular the inappropriate design and statistical analysis techniques used in some MPA monitoring programmes.  These scientists have questioned why MPA scientists have not made better use of the vast amount of literature which exists on good monitoring approaches in relation to marine environmental impact assessment and experimental marine ecology.

This review evaluates some key long-term MPA monitoring programmes from around the world against a good monitoring framework.  This review has highlighted  issues with these monitoring programmes.

 
 
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Please cite as: Addison, P., (2011), A global review of long-term Marine Protected Area monitoring programmes: Volume 1: Main Report, Volume 2: Appendix 1 - 4, JNCC Report 455, ISBN 0963 8091