SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science

The Controversy over Marine Protected Areas

Science meets Policy

Authors: Caveen, A., Polunin, N., Gray, T., Stead, S.M.

  • Critical analysis of the concept of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a tool for marine resources management
  • Explores the science-policy interface through the scientific discourse surrounding MPAs
  • Offers a review of the literature on MPAs
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This book is a critical analysis of the concept of marine protected areas (MPAs) particularly as a tool for marine resource management. It explains the reasons for the extraordinary rise of MPAs to the top of the political agenda for marine policy, and evaluates the scientific credentials for the unprecedented popularity of this management option. The book reveals the role played by two policy networks – epistemic community and advocacy coalition – in promoting the notion of MPA, showing how advocacy for marine reserves by some scientists based on limited evidence of fisheries benefits has led to a blurring of the boundary between science and politics. Second, the study investigates whether the scientific consensus on MPAs has resulted in a publication bias, whereby pro-MPA articles are given preferential treatment by peer-reviewed academic journals, though it found only limited evidence of such a bias. Third, the project conducts a systematic review of the literature to determine the ecological effects of MPAs, and reaches the conclusion that there is little proof of a positive impact on finfish populations in temperate waters. Fourth, the study uses discourse analysis to trace the effects of a public campaigning policy network on marine conservation zones (MCZs) in England, which demonstrated that there was considerable confusion over the objectives that MCZs were being designated to achieve. The book’s conclusion is that the MPA issue shows the power of ideas in marine governance, but offers a caution that scientists who cross the line between science and politics risk exaggerating the benefits of MPAs by glossing over uncertainties in the data, which may antagonise the fishing industry, delay resolution of the MPA issue, and weaken public faith in marine science if and when the benefits of MCZs are subsequently seen to be limited.

Reviews

“This book is essentially an extended ‘viewpoint’ article that especially addresses whether marine reserves (MRs) have been a successful tool for the management of fisheries. … it should be read by all MPA practitioners and students … .” (Keith Hiscock, The Marine Biologists, October, 2015)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Caveen, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • The Rise and Rise of the Marine Reserves ‘Bandwagon’

    Caveen, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 15-23

  • Bibliometric Test of the MR ‘Bandwagon’

    Caveen, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 25-33

  • Bias in the Peer-reviewed Literature, and Crossing the Science/Policy Divide

    Caveen, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 35-50

  • Critique of the Scientific Evidence for Fisheries Benefits of MRs

    Caveen, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 51-80

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-10957-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-10956-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Controversy over Marine Protected Areas
Book Subtitle
Science meets Policy
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-10957-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-10957-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-10956-5
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 162
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
Topics