Given limited resources and the divergent goals of multiple stakeholders, how to design a marine reserve to best preserve marine resources?
Students are provided with information about a hypothetical island state, named Udubia, including a detailed map with infrastructure, bathymetry, currents, and a standardized grid. Data on fisheries, biodiversity, and marine mammal and endangered species populations are also provided, and are referenced to the map’s grid. A table (natural_history.doc) that summarizes the natural history of the species is also provided and can either be provided to the students or kept for instructor reference. Each student will choose a character representing a stakeholder in the placement and design of the marine reserve. Groups of stakeholders propose marine reserves and debate the proposals.
By the end of this exercise, students should be able to:
Little equipment is required for this simulation, beyond paper and a printer. Ideally, a plotter will be available to produce larger maps, especially for students with disabilities.
Biodiversity, community ecology, conservation biology, dispersal, endangered species, fisheries management, marine ecology, oceans, overfishing, Shannon Diversity Index, Marine reserves, marine protected areas (MPA)
Data analysis, graphing data, library research, oral presentation, use of primary literature, use of spreadsheets, Collaboration, conflict resolution, use of geographical data
Citizen's argument, cooperative learning, formal group work, role playing