such as UNEP, WWF, ICRAN are helping to set
up and provide more support to marine protected areas. There are
ICRAN sites throughout the tropical world, operated through
UNEP Regional Seas Agreements, which develop methods for
sustainable management of coral reefs. Several Regional Seas also
operate special protected areas for the conservation of these
protected areas are an important tool to help manage resource
protection, sustainable development and tourism. Properly designed
marine protected areas ban fishing from certain areas, but still
allow fishermen to catch fish elsewhere within the reserve.
this way, they can serve as fish replenishment zones, helping
to ensure continued sustainable fishing.
are already quite a few marine protected areas around the
world - and Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the biggest - but
marine protected areas still cover less than 1% of the oceans
- compared to 10% for land-based parks.
One of the goals of WWF is to establish
a network of well-managed marine protected areas covering at least
ten per cent of the world's oceans. www.panda.org/endangeredseas.
Sadly, one of the biggest problems in the
sea is that we can't stop things from being carried in the water.
For a reserve to work we also have to stop pollution and sediments
coming from the land.