Australian Marine Parks

Bureau of Rural Sciences, 2005.


About the guidelines

Social and economic assessment of the impacts of the introduction of an MPA can assist in planning and decision making and guide structural adjustment issues.

Such assessment ideally should be undertaken as part of the MPA development process so that measures to address socio-economic impacts, where deemed necessary, can be implemented as an integral part of the MPA declaration process.

This toolkit has been developed to provide policy makers and the fishing sector with a general background and introduction to methods for assessing the socio-economic impacts within a fisheries context of proposals to declare MPAs in Australia.

In particular, the toolkit focuses on potential impacts on the fishing industry, including related businesses and communities associated with fishing activities.