Haiti's First MPA

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The Haitian government has just declared boundaries of the first marine
protected area in the country!!  This stemmed from The Nature Conservancy’s
concerted efforts with many collaborating partners.  Information from our
surveys (see here and here) fed into the site selection.  Also exciting, we
have preliminary support from the Haitian government to expand our
artificial reef research to the new marine protected areas.  This will allow
us to more fully understand the role that fish play in affecting seagrass
productivity through their nutrient excretion – and how this may be
affected by overfishing.

By | 2017-12-01T14:03:39-04:00 September 1st, 2013|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Fish, Food, Haiti, Mangroves and Creeks, marine protected areas, Nutrients, seagrass|0 Comments

About the Author:

Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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