Human activity can threaten the balance between organisms and their environment. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important conservation tool for protecting marine ecosystems from overfishing and habitat loss. Project Seahorse has been leading MPA research and implementation for over a decade
We have catalysed creation of 34 no-take marine reserves in the Philippines and provided support for development of a further six reserves; helped to establish guardhouses and provide patrol boats for communities to enforce marine reserves; and undertaken long-term research that has revealed measurable increases in fish numbers in these reserves.
Anticamara, J. A., D. Zeller, and A. C. J. Vincent (2010) Spatial and temporal variation of abundance, biomass and diversity within marine reserves in the Philippines. Diversity and Distributions 16(4):529-536. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2010.00661.x
Pajaro, M.G., M.E. Mulrennan, J. Alder and A.C.J. Vincent (2010) Developing MPA effectiveness indicators: Comparison within and across stakeholder groups and communities. Coastal Management, 38(2):122-143.
Pajaro, M.G., M.E. Mulrennan and A.C.J. Vincent (2010) Toward an integrated marine protected areas policy: connecting the global to the local. Environment, Development and Sustainability 12(6):945-965 DOI 10.1007/s10668-010-9233-0
Yasué, M., L. Kaufman and A.C.J. Vincent (2010) Assessing ecological changes in and around marine reserves using community perceptions and biological surveys. Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems 20(4):407-418 DOI: 10.1002/aqc.1090
Ban, N.C. (2009) Minimum data requirements for designing a set of marine protected areas, using commonly available abiotic and biotic datasets. Biodiversity and Conservation 18(7): 1829-1845
Ban, N.C., Hansen, G.J.A., Jones, M. and A.C.J. Vincent (2009) Systematic marine conservation planning in data-poor regions: Socioeconomic data is essential. Marine Policy 33(5): 794-800
Ban, N.C. and A.C.J. Vincent (2009) Beyond marine reserves: Exploring the approach of selecting areas where fishing is permitted, rather than prohibited. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6258
Ban, N.C., C. Picard and A.C.J. Vincent (2009) Comparing and integrating community-based and science-based conservation approaches to prioritizing marine areas for protection. Conservation Biology23(4): 899-910
Ban, N.C. and J. Alder (2008) How wild is the ocean? Assessing the intensity of anthropogenic marine activities in British Columbia, Canada. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18(1): 55-85
Ban, N.C., C. Picard, and A.C.J. Vincent (2008) Moving toward spatial solutions in marine conservation with indigenous communities. Ecology and Society 13(1):32
Hall, M., D. Pauly, V. Conover, A.C.J. Vincent, K. Davis, C. Safina, G. Sugihara, U.R. Sumaila and T. Agardyhttp. (2007) 10 Solutions to Save the Ocean. Conservation 8(3):23 html
Samoilys, M.A., K.M. Martin-Smith, B.G. Giles, B. Cabrera, J.A. Anticamara, E.O. Brunio and A.C.J. Vincent (2007) Effectiveness of five small Philippines' coral reef reserves for fish populations depends on site-specific factors, particularly enforcement history. Biological Conservation 136(4):584-601