Marine protected areas and resilience to sedimentation in the Solomon Islands

Halpern, B. S., Selkoe, K. A., White, C., Albert, S., Aswani, S. and Lauer, M. (2013) Marine protected areas and resilience to sedimentation in the Solomon Islands. Coral Reefs, 32 1: 61-69. doi:10.1007/s00338-012-0981-1

Author Halpern, B. S.
Selkoe, K. A.
White, C.
Albert, S.
Aswani, S.
Lauer, M.
Title Marine protected areas and resilience to sedimentation in the Solomon Islands
Journal name Coral Reefs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0722-4028
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-012-0981-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 61
End page 69
Total pages 9
Place of publication Springer
Publisher Heidelberg, Germany
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The ability of marine protected areas (MPAs) to provide protection from indirect stressors, via increased resilience afforded by decreased impact from direct stressors, remains an important and unresolved question about the role MPAs can play in broader conservation and resource management goals. Over a five-year period, we evaluated coral and fish community responses inside and outside three MPAs within the Roviana Lagoon system in Solomon Islands, where sedimentation pressure from upland logging is substantial. We found little evidence that MPAs decrease impact or improve conditions and instead found some potential declines in fish abundance. We also documented modest to high levels of poaching during this period. Where compliance with management is poor, and indirect stressors play a dominant role in determining ecosystem condition, as appears to be the case in Roviana Lagoon, MPAs may provide little management benefit.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 November 2012

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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