Using Social and Ecological Data to Identify Trends in Three Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of California
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Marine protected areas (MPAs) have become an increasingly common conservation tool in marine environments, yet few studies have focused on impacts to fisheries and communities in addition to ecological impacts. In this study, I draw on multiple data sources including interviews with MPA managers, ecological monitoring data, and fisheries landing reports, in a more holistic approach to understanding how MPAs interact with social and ecological systems. Using qualitative and quantitative analyses, I aim to illuminate social, ecological and fishery trends surrounding Cabo Pulmo National Park, Bahia de Loreto National Park, and Espiritu Santo Archipelago National Park in the southern Gulf of California, Mexico. Findings from this study show that trends reflected in different data sets can vary widely within and between MPAs, and further research should focus on disentangling the connections between social, ecological and fisheries data in MPA evaluations.
Subjectmarine protected areas
Gulf of California
marine resource management
CitationStarks, Caitlin (2017). Using Social and Ecological Data to Identify Trends in Three Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of California. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/14029.
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