NatureScot Research Report 1292 - Towards understanding the effectiveness of measures to manage fishing activity of relevance to MPAs in Scotland.


This paper presents current evidence from within the UK and other temperate regions regarding the efficacy of fisheries management measures in safeguarding the protected features of marine protected areas (MPAs) and wider biodiversity benefits that have been noted. It is divided into three main sections that explore case studies of MPAs with fisheries management measures for a biodiversity benefit, spatial management measures for fisheries or for other purposes and planned work in Scotland that will provide additional evidence and areas for further development and consideration.

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