Lessons for Marine Conservation Planning: A Comparison of Three Marine Protected Area Planning Processes

Osmond, M., S. Airame, M. Caldwell, and J. Day

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Various approaches have been used to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) in different countries. In this paper we compare and review three processes to establish MPAs within the United States and Australia. These two countries share many similarities in their cultures, but their approaches to managing marine resources differ considerably. Each of these efforts to establish or review MPAs was motivated by concern about declines of targeted marine species or habitats. However, the government actions varied because of differences in governance, planning process including public input, and the role of science. Comparing these processes highlights effective approaches for protecting marine ecosystems and gaining public support.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Ocean & Coastal Management