Monitoring for small MPAs
Peter_Craig at nps.gov
Tue Sep 18 08:59:20 EDT 2001
Report Available: monitoring coral reef in small MPAs.
A workshop was convened to view coral reef monitoring from a small park
perspective, where local resources are far fewer than occur in more
developed states or countries with numerous management agencies and
academic institutions. The workshop first identified who the monitoring
program was for, and then examined what information was needed and why.
Monitoring questions related to these needs were formulated, followed by a
listing of indicators that would provide the desired information by
tracking changes in reef condition over time. While the workshop report
focuses specifically on American Samoa, it may be a useful approach
elsewhere, because it provides a convenient way to identify and prioritize
variables that should be included in a monitoring plan:
"Developing a coral reef monitoring program for the National Park
of American Samoa: a practical, management-driven approach for
small marine protected areas". 2001. P.Craig and L.Basch
For copies, contact: peter_craig at nps.gov
National Park of American Samoa, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
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