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Andrew M. Gormley, Elisabeth Slooten, Steve Dawson, Richard J. Barker, Will Rayment, Sam du Fresne and Stefan Bräger First evidence that marine protected areas can work for marine mammals Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 27 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02121.x

Our study demonstrates improvement in a demographic parameter of an endangered marine mammal species following conservation action. Our results provide evidence that area-based protection measures can be effective for marine mammals. We note that estimating demographic parameters in marine mammals requires many years of data to achieve sufficient precision to detect biologically meaningful change. MPAs should be established with a commitment to long-term monitoring.

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