Lack of staffing, funds hamper protected areas

23 Mar 2017
Fish numbers increased in those marine areas that were adequately staffed

A widespread lack of funds and personnel are preventing protected marine areas from reaching their full potential, a new global study involving University of Queensland research has revealed.

Co-author Professor Peter Mumby of UQ’s School of Biological Sciences said only nine per cent of marine protected areas (MPAs) reported having adequate staff and only 35 per cent reported acceptable funding levels.

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