How Scientists Can Inform Marine Resource Management

(ALL INTERNAL, LIMITED EXTERNAL USAGE RIGHTS) Marine researcher Yimnang Golbuu (lead scientist and researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center, a Conservancy partner) recording data at the "short drop-off" dive site in approx. 35' of water while on a dive on the east side of Palau. The dive site is known as "short drop-off." The tape measure line is part of a transect. Photographed at approx. 35' of water. The coral reefs of Palau are part of a massive interconnected system that ties together Micronesia and the Western Pacific. To protect these reefs the Conservancy joined with other experts to develop Transforming Coral Reef Conservation. The Conservancy has worked with Palau’s community leaders and government agencies since 1992. In that time we have helped bridge the gap between traditional and modern approaches to conservation. The Conservancy helped establish the Palau Conservation Society, a local environmental organization dedicated to protecting Palau’s natural heritage.PHOTO CREDIT: © Ian Shive

How will improving understanding of marine ecosystems lead to better management and conservation?  One of our lead scientists, Dr. Elizabeth McLeod,  provides helpful tips for marine scientists on how to make their research more useful for managers. Read the article.

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