Protected areas & popular recreational spaces
Protected areas (e.g., marine mammal sanctuaries) and popular recreational spaces (e.g., beaches)) face significant obstacles in their establishment, governance, and operational management. This is especially so when competing for, or using space that is shared with fisheries users. These areas often also provide protection for fish and use fish as attractions for passive users (tourism and recreational viewing).
This project seeks to develop a critical and historical understanding of such situations and develop tools and approaches to aid their management.
Current specific project foci
Donor, recipient and community relationships in the management of marine protected areas in developing countries
Key researchers – Claudia Jimenez-Castro (MSc candidate), Dr Hamish Rennie, Dr Miranda Cahn
This research currently explores the management arrangements for the Marine National Monument Cayos Cochinos in Northern Honduras in the context of the influence of donors on the management philosophy of the marine protected area.
Human activity and use of New Zealand’s aquatic protected areas
Key Researchers – Dr Stephen Espiner (Lincoln University), Dr Kay Booth, Dr Hamish Rennie (Lincoln University, Dr Geoff Kerr (Lincoln University)
This is ongoing research on the use of such areas. Recent research has addressed Fiordland and Hahei Marine protected areas and the protection of the Rangitata River fishery. A focus of this research is on informing management agencies of the nature, location and value of such uses. In the case of the Hahei marine reserve, the human activity monitoring has been integrated with spatial data on biota within the reserve and has become part of an ongoing monitoring programme expected to shed light on the impacts of such use and of the effectiveness of management approaches to human activities in these areas.