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The 5th annual Kathryn S. Fuller Symposium

Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: New perspectives on a familiar topic, a 1 day international symposium hosted by WWF on 5 November in Washington, DC, will review the state of the science of Marine Protected Areas as a foundation for both science-based policy and policy-relevant science. Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation for decades, yet many aspects of MPA implementation and impacts remain uncertain. As the conservation community strives to ensure ecological and social effectiveness of MPAs, WWF will promote discussion on what works, what doesn’t and why. The Symposium will host leading scholars and practitioners in the field to both provide insights for conservation action and identify gaps in areas requiring further research, by synthesising the knowledge gained from the latest cutting edge research. Three major topics will be explored: 1) Ecological frontiers such as spillover, connectivity, and MPAs for pelagic species; 2) Social frontiers, such as the role of governance in implementation and socioeconomic impacts of MPAs; and 3) Opportunities to push the MPA scientific frontier through impact evaluation, particularly in the Coral Triangle.

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