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MEPS 397:305-308 (2009)  -  DOI:

Design of Marine Protected Areas on high seas and territorial waters of Rockall Bank

Jason M. Hall-Spencer1,6,*, Mark Tasker2,6, Marta Soffker1, Sabine Christiansen3,6, Stuart Rogers4, Maria Campbell1, Kjartan Hoydal5

1Marine Institute, Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK
2Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Dunnet House, 7 Thistle Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1UZ, UK
3WWF North-East Atlantic Programme, Magdeburger Str. 17, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
4The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT, UK
5North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, 22 Berners Street, London, W1T 3DY, UK
6ICES Working Group on Deep-water Ecology

ABSTRACT: Fisheries closures are rapidly being developed to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems worldwide. Satellite monitoring of fishing vessel activity indicates that these closures can work effectively with good compliance by international fleets even in remote areas. Here we summarise how remote fisheries closures were designed to protect Lophelia pertusa habitat in a region of the NE Atlantic that straddles the EU fishing zone and the high seas. We show how scientific records, fishers' knowledge and surveillance data on fishing activity can be combined to provide a powerful tool for the design of Marine Protected Areas.

KEY WORDS: Lophelia pertusa · MPA · Fisheries · Offshore · Marine Protected Area · NE Atlantic · Vessel monitoring system · VMS

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Cite this article as: Hall-Spencer JM, Tasker M, Soffker M, Christiansen S, Rogers S, Campbell M, Hoydal K (2009) Design of Marine Protected Areas on high seas and territorial waters of Rockall Bank. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 397:305-308.

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