Marine Protected Areas Management

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Námskeið: CMM 22

Kennari: Dr. Bradley W. Barr

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The class addresses the issues, challenges and opportunities related to the management of coastal and marine resources through a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Worldwide, MPAs are being seen as both necessary and appropriate in addressing anthropogenic impacts resulting from human use, and overuse, of marine ecosystems, including (but not limited to) commercial and recreational fishing, marine transportation, off-shore oil and gas development, mineral extraction, renewable energy, place-based marine mammal conservation and management, and global climate change.  Students will be given the opportunity to learn about how MPA managers around the world are confronting these complex challenges, develop a practical understanding of the tools managers use to address them, and acquire some understanding of what challenges have yet to be effectively met.

The focus of the course is gaining an in-depth understanding of the real-world realities, challenges, and opportunities of marine protected areas management,, as well as to acquire a deeper knowledge of these challenges to critically evaluate, assess, and develop creative solutions to more effectively manage these significant places.


For more than four decades, Brad Barr (USA) has been actively engaged as a practitioner in marine and coastal protected areas management and preservation.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Universities of Maine and Massachusetts, and his PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He is currently a Senior Advisor in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Maritime Heritage Program.  For the past 14 years, he has served as Visiting Faculty at the University Centre of the Westfjords, teaching courses on marine protected areas, preservation of underwater cultural heritage resources, and Arctic Ocean governance, as well as advising many UW students’ thesis research.  He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, serves on the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, and is a founding member of the International Committee on Marine Mammal Protected Areas.  He has published extensively on research focused on marine protected areas science and management, the identification and management of ocean wilderness, and place-based heritage preservation in the Arctic.

"Having continuously served the UW as “Visiting Faculty” for 14 years, I have found the opportunity to share my more than four decades of on-the-water experience as an international ocean conservation practitioner, manager, and researcher with this community highly rewarding, through both my teaching and advising the talented students who have chosen the UW to continue their education, and who represent the next generation of ocean conservation professionals that must take responsibility for confronting many of the complex challenges we have yet to effectively address."