Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fish Banks - nice!

Just beautiful: Predator at the SRMR - epic pic by Klaus, click for detail!

Read this.

Great stuff, way to go.
When designed, implemented and managed correctly, MPAs are simply phenomenal. 
Case in point, where everybody wins.

And this?
I must confess that when I first saw it, I was simply livid.
But these are of course good, intelligent people and passionate conservationists, and many of the concerns that are being raised are absolutely legitimate.

But here's the rub.
Last time I checked, only approx 1% of the ocean was being protected via MPAs, with full no-take zones accounting for only approx 1/3 of that, or 0.3%  - so may we maybe missing the big picture here, ie. the remaining 99%?
  • If many MPAs are badly managed - then go and bloody fix the bloody management and stop questioning the principle!
  • And then by all means, go and knock yerself out with your pet alternative management approaches in those 99.7% where you can. Show us how to do it better - and no cheating and no shifting  of the 1960ies baseline!

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