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Society for Conservation Biology

18th Annual Meeting
July 28, 2004 - August 02, 2004
New York, NY
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Society for Conservation Biology

The Pew Institute for Ocean Science proudly exhibited and participated at the 2004 18th Annual Society for Conservation Biology meeting which was hosted by The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. This Annual Meeting, brought together conservation biology scientists, practitioners and students from around the world. CERC is a consortium of Columbia University, the American Museum of Natural History, The New York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Wildlife Trust.

Approaches to Marine Conservation in Antongil Bay, Madagascar*

Phaedra Doukakis , Mananjo Jonahson , Bemahafaly Jean de Dieu Randriamanantsoa , Volanirina Ramahery , Andrew Cooke
Historically, biodiversity conservation efforts in Madagascar have been largely terrestrial and freshwater focused, with marine systems only recently emerging as a conservation priority. Antongil Bay, located in northeastern Madagascar, is one of the few marine systems given conservation attention. Adjacent to the largest protected tract of eastern rainforest in the country, Parc National Masoala (PNM), the Bay supports coral reef marine protected areas, populations of marine mammals, and economically important local and commercial fisheries. By establishing resource monitoring programs with area fishers and communities, we have obtained baseline data on marine resource composition and use. Based on this information, fisheries and coastal zone management strategies have been developed that focus upon community initiatives (gear and spatial management) and alleviating conflict between local and commercial fishers. Within coral reef marine parks, ecological monitoring has been on-going since 1998. The data from these surveys reveal information on live coral cover and fish biomass within and outside of the protected areas as well as over time and can inform management decisions. Lessons learned in Antongil Bay are considered within the context of marine conservation in Madagascar in general.

*Presentation given by Dr. Phaedra Doukakis about her Marine conservation work in northeastern Madagascar, while with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Authors highlighted in blue are staff of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.


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