THE CASE FOR MPAs
WWF's Global Marine Programme is redressing the current inadequate protection of our oceans and coasts by:
- Supporting governments and local communities for the establishment and implementation of networks of ecologically representative, well-managed MPAs
- Improving the management of existing MPAs
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MPAs?
- Maintaining biodiversity and providing refuges for species
- Protecting important habitats from damage by destructive fishing practices and other human activities and allowing damaged areas to recover
- Providing areas where fish are able to spawn and grow to their adult size
- Increasing fish catches (both size and quantity) in surrounding fishing grounds
- Building resilience to protect against damaging external impacts, such as climate change
- Helping to maintain local cultures, economies, and livelihoods which are intricately linked to the marine environment
- Serving as benchmarks for undisturbed, natural ecosystems, that can be used to measure the effects of human activities in other areas, and thereby help to improve resource management.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
WWF uses the term Marine Protected Area as an overarching description of:
An area designated to protect marine ecosystems, processes, habitats, and species, which can contribute to the restoration and replenishment of resources for social, economic, and cultural enrichment.