The Program will develop methods for evaluating management options that complement the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) to achieve CAR biodiversity conservation in marine ecosystems that are subjected to commercial fishing and tourism (primarily recreational fishing). There are two primary foci, the use of incentives to influence the spatial overlap between biodiversity impacts and assets and the incorporation of biodiversity offsets to reduce the complexity of the spatial management problem.
The specific goals of the Program are:
- to deliver a system for evaluating triple bottom line outcomes of spatial management in the tuna fishery, and demonstrate its use in the evaluation of a limited number of scenarios and;
- to explore a case study for bycatch offsets in the tuna fishery, providing background research including methods for accounting for the value of an offset and potentially demonstrating an implementation using marine turtles.