Prospects for marine protected areas in the Turkish Black Sea

Öztürk, Bayram
Fach Salihoğlu, Bettina Andrea
Arkin, Sinan
Keskin, Çetin
Topaloğlu, Bülent
Öztürk, Ayaka Amaha
As stated in the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis 2007 (BSC, 2007) and confirmed in the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan 2008, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) form a key element of the ecosystem‐based approach to managing and safeguarding the Black Sea marine environment, including improving the sustainability of fisheries. This approach contains precautionary safeguards to account for common problems such as lack of scientific data, the uncertainty of natural processes and lack of fisheries management. In the case of the Black Sea, establishing MPAs is an important way to exercise these precautionary principles, as well as protecting ecosystems where the single‐species management for threatened species such as A. sturio, Scophthalmus maximus, monk seal Monachus monachus and cetaceans has failed. Among the proposed MPAs, Sile is of special interest due to its closeness to the Istanbul Strait which has crucial importance for migration of marine species between the Black and Mediterranean Seas.
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B. Öztürk, B. A. Fach Salihoğlu, S. Arkin, Ç. Keskin, B. Topaloğlu, and A. A. Öztürk, Prospects for marine protected areas in the Turkish Black Sea. 2017, p. 262.