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An Overview of Spatial Management and Marine Protected Areas in the East China Sea

Lookup NU author(s): Dr William Le Quesne, Dr Christopher Sweeting, Professor Nick Polunin


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Marine ecosystems of the East China Sea are rich in biodiversity, with 12,933 species of which approximately 47.7% are endemic. As anthropogenic impacts are intensifying, fishery resources and biodiversity in the East China Sea are under threat from overfishing, habitat loss, pollution, and biological invasions. Marine protected areas (MPAs) and other spatial management measures are believed useful tools to protect and restore biological resources. Seventeen nature reserves, seven special marine reserves, and three fishery resource conservation zones covering a combined area of 102,156 km(2) have so far been established in the Chinese East China Sea in order to protect fishery resources, biodiversity, and marine landscapes. This article provides a review and inventory of MPAs in the Chinese East China Sea as implemented by the People's Republic of China.

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Author(s): Ding H, Xu H, Wu J, Le Quesne WJF, Sweeting CJ, Polunin NVC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Coastal Management

Year: 2008

Volume: 36

Issue: 5

Pages: 443-457

Print publication date: 01/01/2008

ISSN (print): 0892-0753

ISSN (electronic): 1521-0421

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc


DOI: 10.1080/08920750802445916


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