New study published on the residual nature of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)


Deep sea corals and sponges caught in a bottom trawl on a commercial vessel fishing off northern Labrador, Canada, in May 2007 (fisheries observer, courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Rodolphe Devillers of the Marine Geomatics Lab and a team of scientists from Australia and USA just published a new study looking at the residual nature of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The study criticizes the fact that MPAs are too often created in areas of the ocean showing little economic interest for industries such as finishing and oil and gas. The study can be downloaded for free in Open Access from the Journal of Aquatic Conservation Website. You can also look at the coverage made by the magazine Nature as well as English and French interviews done by Rodolphe for Canadian news medias.