Science Advisory Report 2019/033
Review of ecosystem features, indicators and surveys for ecological monitoring of the Banc-des-Américains Marine Protected Area
- The ecosystem features, anthropogenic pressures, indicators and monitoring tools presented were analyzed in relation to the overarching goal of the Banc-des-Américains MPA and its conservation objectives (CO), to ensure that they provide relevant information for adaptive management of the MPA.
- Two types of indicators for the selected ecosystem features have been identified:
- Indirect indicators that allow assessing the state of the MPA ecosystem and interpreting changes in direct indicators, but do not allow possible changes to be directly linked to MPA management measures;
- Direct indicators which provide information on the status and trends of communities, habitats and species of interest related to the COs. These indicators can be used to measure the performance of the MPA against the COs as well as the effectiveness of the management measures.
This Science Advisory Report is from the May 22–23, 2018 regional peer review meeting on the Review of the indicators and recommendations of an Ecological Monitoring Plan for the Banc-des-Américains proposed MPA. Additional publications from this meeting will be posted on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science Advisory Schedule as they become available.
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