Project: Marine Managed Area Science
Partners: Charles Darwin Foundation; Galapagos Governing Council,
Institute for (INOCAR)
Status: Seeking Funding
The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR), created in 1998, covers 133,000km2, making it one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. Situated in the confluence of major ocean currents — the cool Humboldt Current from the south, the warm Panama Current from the north and the cold upwelling Cromwell Current, which surfaces to the west of the Archipelago — it is the home to a large number of endemic marine species (approx. 22% across all taxa).
The marine reserve is at a crossroads in its management strategy, and the work ahead requires a wealth of well-balanced data and information regarding threat analysis, sub-tidal and near- coastal biodiversity, population viability, functional diversity, and ecosystem resilience before climate and human disturbances.
Scientists in Galapagos began implementing a long term Galapagos Marine Reserve monitoring plan in 2004, which has since formed part of local and Eastern Tropical Pacific-wide analyses of Marine Managed Area effectiveness. This project intends to further the design of an integrated Galapagos Ocean Observing System, and to develop simple and compound species-level, community, environmental, and ecosystem process indicators that describe the effectiveness of management measures in areas such as fisheries and nature based tourism.
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