|Topic:||Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources
Ocean Studies Board
Wednesday, November 8, 2000 - 2:00 p.m.
253 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems
EDWARD HOUDE, Professor, Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland, and Chairman, Committee on the Evaluation, Design, and Monitoring of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas in the United States, Ocean Studies Board, the National Research Council
Restricting land use to protect an ecosystem has become a common practice in natural resources management, but setting aside part of a marine environment for special protection is a relatively new concept. This report, which was requested by Congress in PL 105-119, makes recommendations about the general utility of marine reserves, assesses their design, and examines the scientific basis for their implementation.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 9, 2000. The full text is available online through the Web site of the National Academies Press.