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Technical guidelines for marine protected areas and fisheries

20 January 2012
The FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has just published FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries. on the management of marine protected area and fisheriesThe document has been developed to provide information and guidance on the use of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the context of fisheries, looking specifically at fisheries features of MPAs as well as addressing the interface between fisheries management and biodiversity conservation and provide support for MPAs with multiple objectives. The Guidelines, divided into two sections to provide both background information and planning considerations, highlights the need for increased coordination across sectors and agencies/departments. Integration of diverse interests and viewpoints is required if we are to successfully manage our oceans and their resources for future generations. As with all fisheries management, good governance – including adequate stakeholder participation – is key to successful and equitable management outcomes.