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Workshop on the Development and Management of Marine Protected Areas

May 7th to 15th, Kasnäs - Finland

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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly being developed and utilised as management tools in efforts to protect and manage marine biodiversity and fishery resources in Northern European seas. In May 2004, a Workshop on the Development and Management of Marine Protected Areas was held in Kasnäs, Finland. The aim of the workshop was, through presentations, discussions, tutorials and group sessions, to equip the participants with the most important practical and theoretical tools, methods and approaches needed in selecting, developing and managing MPAs. This report is a documentary of the workshop, and it includes summaries of presentations, main outputs from group sessions and other useful information.

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Introduction

For many decades, our marine and coastal ecosystems have been under increasing pressure from human activities. Our seas are under constant bombardment from an arsenal of threats that include e.g. dredging, pollution (including run-off from land), coastal development, and invasive species (e.g. Salm et al 2000; Palumbi 2002). Commercial fishing has resulted in overfishing, and the use of fishing gear that dig into the seabed has permanently altered crucial habitats, leaving some heavily fished areas in a perpetual state of disturbance (Peterson & Estes 2001 in Palumbi 2002).

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