marine protected areas

Big fish that have grown up in marine reserves do not seem to know enough to avoid fishers armed with spear guns waiting outside the reserve.

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is a stock-take of the Great Barrier Reef, its management and its future.

The aim of the Outlook Report is to provide information about:

Dr. Negri is a Senior Research Scientist in Water Quality & Ecosystem Health at AIMS. His background and training is in analytical chemistry and toxin research and he has spent 10 years at AIMS and CSIRO studying the chemistry, distribution and accumulation of natural toxins in marine and freshwater ecosystems. In the late 1990s, his research became more coral reef-oriented, including studies on the natural chemistry and microbiology responsible for coral larval settlement. Since 2000, Dr.

Implementation of networks of protected areas is the single most widely advocated action to protect marine biodiversity; the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was one of the first and is one of the largest examples of such a network in the world. While some effects of marine protected areas can be seen rapidly, there are also long term changes that may develop over 1-2 decades. Surveys of the matched pairs of reefs during the term of the NERP Program will enable the longer-term effects of zoning to be assessed eight and ten years after the new zoning plan came into force.

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