Two-MPA model for siting a marine protected area: Bahamian case

Richard W. Stoffle, Jessica Minnis, Amanda Murphy, Kathleen Van Vlack, Nathan O’Meara, Tavarrie Smith, Tarah McDonald

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This article recommends the parallel but separate modeling of nature-based and peoplebased marine protected areas (MPA) before the design and siting stages of establishing an MPA. Separate but simultaneous modeling of ideal nature and people MPAs permits each to be maximized for its own variables and subsequently compared to identify conflicts and agreements. The case that supports this recommendation is in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, where the study conducted 572 interviews with people from six traditional settlements in the central Exumas Islands and Cays. The research is focused on why members of these settlements differentially responded to three nearby national MPA proposals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-517
Number of pages17
JournalCoastal Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • Bahamas
  • Coastal communities
  • Marine TEK
  • Marine protected areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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