What does a "well managed" marine protected area look like?

The UK has committed to having a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), but what does well managed look like? and how will we know when we achieve it?

In order to answer this question, WWF's UK SEAS team (as part of the North Devon Marine Pioneer) has adopted a tool to track and monitor progress to achieving ‘well-managed’ status.  It’s called the COMPASS CARD and covers all the different components of MPA management, from when a site is first designated to getting it up and running smoothly. 

Over the next four years we will be working in North Devon and will use the results from this survey to help prioritise and direct our work. By answering these questions you will help us:

1. Help prioritise and direct action through the Pioneer and UK SEAS project over the next 3-4 years
2. Identify areas where MPA management in North Devon is being effective and where it is less effective
3. Test whether the compass card methodology is a good way to collect information, and suggest improvements.

Please answer from your own perspective (not an organisational point of view).  At the bottom of each page is a box where you can write your ideas and suggestions for how management can be improved.  For each question there is the option to select “I’m unsure” - it’s just as important for us to understand what is clear, as what is unclear to people.  The survey should take about 20 minutes.

The ethical / legal bit:

Your participation in this questionnaire is entirely voluntary and you can stop your participation at any time.  All data you provide will be treated with confidentiality. The information will be anonymised, stored securely and will only be used for the purpose of this research study. All data will be retained for the duration of the UK SEAS and/ or North Devon Marine Pioneer, up to a period of five years. The data will never be sold on and will not, when reported or otherwise published, be individually attributable to you.

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* 1. Please confirm whether or not you are happy to participate in this survey:

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