MPAs protect spawning and nursery areas of fish, providing areas for resource recovery. Through the spillover of fish from MPAs into adjacent areas, they provide safe havens whilst maintaining good catches for fishermen. Ultimately, in an increasingly industrialised ocean, MPAs help maintain food and job security provided by the fisheries sector.
SEEDING NEW LIFE
Many of our fish stocks are severely over-exploited after decades of heavy fishing. MPAs allow ecosystems and the creatures and plants living in them to recover. They provide safe spaces in which fish can breed undisturbed, and can protect spawning and nursery areas that let young fish mature into adulthood, without the pressure of fishing.