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In order to provide context to the lessons learned from the implementation and management of MPAs in East Asia and Micronesia, we have provided 25 case studies from around the region, grouped into four categories: Habitats and Biodiversity, Socio-economic Objectives and Impacts, MPA Benefits to Fisheries and MPA Monitoring. These case studies represent current issues and problems in the science and management and the approaches used to address them. All of these case studies are taken from published journal articles or reports and the citation is provided. Click on "view details" to read the complete case study.

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  • 1. Category MPA benefits to fisheries
    Region / Country Philippines
    Project Name Marine reserves as a quick fix to fishery replenishment?
    Citation Russ, G.R. and A.C. Alcala. 1996. Marine Reserves: Rates and Patterns of Recovery and Decline of Large Predatory Fish. Ecological Applications, 6 (3): 947- 961pp.

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    Marine Protected Areas (MPA) or marine reserves serves as the protection of critical spawning stock biomass – to ensure recruitment supply to fished areas via larval dispersal is sustained. In recent years, the use of marine reserves in the management of fisheries in general is advocated as a cost- ...



  • 2. Category MPA benefits to fisheries
    Region / Country Philippines
    Project Name Effective management for better MPA results
    Citation White, A.T., R.L. Eisma- Osorio and S.J. Green. 2005. Integrated coastal management and marine protected areas: Complementarity in the Philippines. Ocean and Coastal Management 48: 948-971pp.

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    MPA has been established since the 1974 in Philippines on Sumilon Island, Cebu. In stemming the increasing magnitude of destruction to coastal habitat and the decline of fisheries, the establishment of the MPA was expected to enhance fish yields to traditional fishers. The history of MPA in the Phil ...



  • 3. Category MPA benefits to fisheries
    Region / Country Thailand
    Project Name Weighing the fishermen’s needs in an MPA
    Citation Lunn, K.E. and Dearden, P. 2006. Fisher’s need in marine protected area zoning: a case study from Thailand. Coastal Management, 34: 183-198pp.)

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    The Ko Chang Marine National Park (MNP) consists of 47 islands and its residents live primarily on the park’s natural resources. It is essentially the home to an extensive local fishing industry, where small-scale fishers were reported to be working on 95% of the park’s marine waters. At the same ti ...
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