Multi-award winning photojournalist James Morgan recently undertook a voyage with a pair of WWF scientists - Louise Glew & Gabby Ahmadiya, who are in the middle of a landmark study to assess a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the far flung waters of eastern Indonesia. The study, which has already amassed five years worth of data, focuses on the ecological and social impacts of the MPAs. So far, upward of 500,000 fish have been counted and 3,500 households interviewed. That makes it the most comprehensive study of its kind ever carried out. One of the criticisms levelled at MPA's is that they fail to take into account the human component in an ecosystem, which means local communities suffer as a result of environmental protection. Contemporary approaches no longer seek to remove humans from the MPA equation, but to work with them as the natural custodians of these precious marine ecosystems.
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