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Sustainability 2014, 6(12), 8466-8484; doi:10.3390/su6128466

Towards Marine Spatial Planning in Southern Taiwan

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Department of Marine Leisure Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung City 80543, Taiwan
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Department of Fisheries Production and Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung City 80543, Taiwan
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Department of Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City 202, Taiwan
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Master program of Marine Affairs and Industries Management, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Kaohsiung City 80543, Taiwan
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Received: 13 August 2014 / Revised: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
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Abstract

Due to population growth, rapid economic development and inadequate marine control, the use of ocean and coastal regions in Taiwan has become more frequent and intense in recent years. However, the lack of comprehensive marine and coastal planning in this island nation has led to many conflicts over space and resources and limited its ability to prepare for and respond to environmental hazards, thus threatening national security as well as the safety and property of its citizens. This study proposes a marine zoning scheme for southern Taiwan. The results show that many important habitats in the southern sea areas have not been properly protected due to the extremely small size of the marine protected area. Furthermore, the majority of the conflicts derive from the exclusive fishing right vs. other uses such as marine conservation. Therefore, it is crucial to establish the marine spatial planning (MSP) for the Southern Taiwan to deal with the conflicts of use seas and uncertainties associated with complex, heterogeneous, and dynamic marine system. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine spatial management; marine affairs; marine resource management; coastal management marine spatial management; marine affairs; marine resource management; coastal management
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Lee, M.-T.; Wu, C.-C.; Ho, C.-H.; Liu, W.-H. Towards Marine Spatial Planning in Southern Taiwan. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8466-8484.

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