[Coral-List] MPAs - The Coral Reef Solution?

ReefDispatch! a_stone at reefguardian.org
Tue Apr 20 12:50:20 EDT 2004

Dear Friend of Coral Reefs,

I am writing to invite you to find out about 5 coral reef marine
protected areas featured this month on the ReefGuardian International
website, at http://www.reefguardian.org.

Most reasonable and informed people will agree on 2 things about the
state of coral reefs today:
 (1) they are degrading at an alarming rate worldwide
 (2) the causes of the deterioration are so complex and 
     multi-faceted that in many cases we are not even able 
     to define what the right management fix might be.

This is why, more and more, attention is being given to coral reef
marine protected areas as a comprehensive solution to coral reef
deterioration.  There is good reason to believe that such coral reef
"mpas" can arrest / reverse / prevent human-caused coral reef damage
even where such damage has not been analyzed and quantified.

You can explore that contention this month by visiting
http://www.reefguardian.org and learning about how 5 quite different
coral reef marine protected areas work to manage human activities and
protect coral reef health.  And seeing for yourself the images of the
beautiful places these mpas are intended to preserve.

Once on the ReefGuardian website, go to the American Reefs section of
the site to find out about the Fagatelle Bay National Marine Sanctuary
(American Samoa), the Biscayne National Park (Florida) and the Northwest
Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecological Reserve (Hawaii).

Then move on over to the ReefGuardian website's Pacific Region section
to learn about the Ningaloo Marine Park in Australia.  And then surf
over to the site's Caribbean Region section for some interesting reading
and viewing on the Glover's Reef Marine Reserve in Belize.

Liked what you saw? Didn't?  Agree with using mpas to protect coral
reefs? Don't agree?  Just click on over from the website's homepage to
the ReefGuardian Forum and let everyone know what you think.

I hope you'll visit us and "enjoy the show"...

Alexander Stone, Director
ReefGuardian International
  "to protect coral reefs
   and their marine life"

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