Big-eyed jacks found inside the no-take fish sanctuary of the Apo Island Marine reserve.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates that the establishment of large-scale networks of marine reserves, urgently needed to protect marine species and their habitats, could be key to reversing global fisheries decline.

Marine reserves can benefit adjacent fisheries from both the 'spillover' of adult and juvenile fish beyond the reserve boundaries and through the export of eggs and larvae. Inside the reserves, populations increase in size and individuals live longer, grow larger and develop increased reproductive potential.

Marine reserves could even benefit highly migratory species, such as sharks, tuna and billfish, if reserves were created in places where they are currently highly vulnerable, such as nursery grounds, spawning sites or aggregation sites such as seamounts.

Large-scale marine reserves are areas that are closed to all extractive uses, such as fishing and mining, as well as disposal activities. Within these areas there may be core zones where no human activities are allowed, for instance areas that act as scientific reference areas or areas where there are particularly sensitive habitats or species.

Some areas within the coastal zone may be opened to small-scale, non-destructive fisheries providing that these are sustainable, within ecological limits, and have been decided upon with the full participation of affected local communities.

Marine Reserves (MRs) are not just about overfishing -even if one of the primary reasons for creating MRs is preserving fish stocks. They are increasingly seen as an essential global tool to protect the marine environment, including from pollution -caused particularly by the disposal of wastes (radioactive wastes, munitions and carbon dioxide).

                     

 The Apo Island Marine Reserve is a very good example of how marine reserves can benefit communities. clcik on the arrows to see more of the Apo Island Marine Reserve.

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Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting

Image | June 14, 2006 at 16:51

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting operations, Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the DENR compound in Quezon City wearing head gear resembling whale shark (butanding) tails to signify the marine life which will continue to be threatened...

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting

Image | June 14, 2006 at 16:47

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting operations, Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the DENR compound in Quezon City wearing head gear resembling whale shark (butanding) tails to signify the marine life which will continue to be threatened...

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting

Image | June 14, 2006 at 14:21

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting operations, Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the DENR compound in Quezon City wearing head gear resembling whale shark (butanding) tails to signify the marine life which will continue to be threatened...

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting

Image | June 14, 2006 at 14:18

Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting operations, Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the DENR compound in Quezon City wearing head gear resembling whale shark (butanding) tails to signify the marine life which will continue to be threatened...

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Campaigns Director

Image | June 14, 2006 at 14:14

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Campaigns Director Von Hernandez and Toxics Campaigner Beau Baconguis in a dialogue with DENR Secretary Angelo Reyes. Demanding an end to Lafayette’s polluting operations, Greenpeace activists demonstrated at the DENR...

Greenpeace calls on DENR to uphold Bastes

Image | June 8, 2006 at 18:11

Greenpeace calls on DENR to uphold Bastes Commission recommendations.

Greenpeace volunteers dressed as sea creatures

Image | June 8, 2006 at 18:09

Greenpeace volunteers dressed as sea creatures attended the launching of a Risk Asia report entitled ‘Fool’s Gold’ gives strong evidence that Lafayette’s mining operations in the island proves to be no-win situation for Rapu Rapu and its coastal...

Greenpeace volunteers look on as a whaleshark

Image | June 7, 2006 at 18:37

Greenpeace volunteers look on as a whaleshark swims along the coast of Donsol.

Clownfish near the Bacon Marine Reserve.

Image | June 7, 2006 at 17:56

Clownfish near the Bacon Marine Reserve.

Local fishermen using 'sudsud' nets to catch

Image | June 7, 2006 at 17:36

Local fishermen using 'sudsud' nets to catch shrimp in Donsol.

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