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Marine Protected Area (MPA) placement optimization tool

posted on 2023-05-25, 01:33 authored by Nils KrueckNils Krueck, Hedley, C
As part of their life history, many marine animals produce millions of eggs and larvae that drift in the ocean for days, weeks or even months until they settle in shallow coastal habitats. Settlement habitats range from being close to home, to sometimes being 10s-100s of kilometres away from spawning locations. The complete process from spawning and dispersal to settlement often referred to as connectivity. Larval dispersal constitutes the basis of the future replenishment and genetic makeup of local populations of marine animals, making connectivity a key factor to consider in the design of marine protected areas (MPAs) or networks of marine reserves.



Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Service

Event Venue

World Bank

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna); Coastal or estuarine biodiversity