This second issue was written by Modou Thiaw, Coordinator, Fisheries Ecology Laboratory in West Africa (LEH-AO) (ISRA/CRODT and Universities of UCAD, UGB, UASZ) from the Dakar-Thiaroye Oceanographic Research Center (ISRA/CRODT) and Laura Recuero Virto.
The problem of MPAs is not the lack of knowledge about the marine environment, but managing of people, that is, managing the different uses in these areas. Thus, it is much easier to identify MPAs than to manage them effectively, not only in waters under national jurisdiction, but even more so in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Another problem is not enough collegial and transparent scientific committees to ensure good scientific governance of MPAs.
A French version is already in the work and should be released very soon.