From fish spawning aggregations to effective Marine Protected Areas in Brazil
Matheus Oliveira Freitas
This follow-up initiative aims to provide support for the expansion and adaptive co-management of the Abrolhos Bank Marine Protected Area (MPA) network, Brazil. Results from the initial award backed-up proposals for an additional MPA (first one in mangroves) and buffer zones for the two existing coral reef MPAS. As new MPAS are still needed, and adaptive management needs to be based on sound scientific information and broad community enrollment, we will gather and disseminate information from fish landing surveys, habitat mapping and underwater assessments. These major targets will be implemented with a strong participation of community members in all phases, from researchers to policy-makers.