4th International Submarine Canyon Symposium (INCISE2018)
5-7 November 2018, Shenzhen, CHINA
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Dr Jaime Davies
Rowden, A., De Leo, F., MacMillan-Lawler, M., Howell, K.L., Harris, P
Submarine canyon Marine Protected Areas: how effective are they?
With growing concerns over anthropogenic effects on the marine environment, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an effective mechanism for providing conservation measures for species and habitats. Historically, conservation efforts have focused on implementing shallow-water MPAs, but currently more attention is being focused on vulnerable deep-sea habitats/features, including submarine canyons. Submarine canyons are complex geomorphological features which provide important resources and are highly vulnerable to anthropogenic effects.
There are an estimated 9,507 canyons worldwide, of which only 1,291 are currently protected or partially protected by an MPA. To effectively conserve species and habitats within canyons, the functionality of the entire system is vital. We will examine three case studies of canyon systems (from New Zealand, UK and Canada) which have MPAs implemented, and compare the different approaches taken and discuss how effective they are.