Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are becoming a tool for the management of fish stocks and the protection of marine biodiversity due to their potential to protect entire ecosystems and improve fishery yields.

Projet en cours

Project affiliated to:
Project leader IRD SETE
Industrials partners IFREMER SETE, Université de nantes
Budget 3 795 K€
Cofinanceur publics ANR
Year of labeling 2008
Year of co-financing 2008

There is growing interest in the use of marine reserves as a tool for conservation and management of mobile species even demersals and pelagic species. Since the mobile species are forced to move off reserve, it is clear that MPAs offer less protection and benefits to these species. This complexity offers the hope that reserves giving protection at certain phases of their life or critical habitats along migration routes will also provide benefits to these species.

The aim of AMPED is to fully understand this urgent need by means of a complete analysis of the problem from an assortment of complementary angles:

  • Sampling of empirical data needed to understand the movement and interaction of fish species
  • The development and use of multiple mathematical and economic models
  • Review the implications of governance of large scale marine reserves in national and international waters. These methods will be applied in three different systems, the Golfe de Lion, South Africa and the Indian Ocean, which contain species of high economic value and/or species suffering from bycatch that show different migration patterns