Mislabeling marine protected areas and why it matters : a case study of Australia

Fitzsimons, James A. 2011, Mislabeling marine protected areas and why it matters : a case study of Australia, Conservation letters, vol. 4, no. 5, October - November, pp. 340-345.

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Title Mislabeling marine protected areas and why it matters : a case study of Australia
Author(s) Fitzsimons, James A.
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 4
Issue number 5
Season October - November
Start page 340
End page 345
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Malden, Mass.
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) IUCN protected area categories
marine national park
no-take zones
marine protected areas
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
recreational fishing
Summary As part of international obligations and national policies, most nations are working toward establishing comprehensive, adequate, and representative systems of terrestrial and marine protected areas (MPAs). Assigning internationally recognized International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) protected area categories to these MPAs is an important part of this process. The most recent guidance from the IUCN clearly states that commercial or recreational fishing is inappropriate in MPAs designated as category II (National Park). However, in at least two developed countries with long histories of protected area development (e.g., Canada and Australia), category II is being assigned to a number of MPAs that allow some form of commercial or recreational fishing. Using Australia as a case study, this article explores the legal and policy implications of applying protected area categories to MPAs and the consequences for misapplying them. As the Australian Government is about to embark on potentially one of the largest expansions of MPA networks in the world, ensuring the application of IUCN categories is both transparent and consistent with international practice will be important, both for the sake of international conventions and to accurately track conservation progress.
Notes Contact jfitzsimons@tnc.org for a full text copy of this article
Language eng
Field of Research 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050205 Environmental Management
Socio Economic Objective 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
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