Increasing re-assertion of the right of Indigenous peoples to apply their customs and law to marine species management and conservation has lead researchers to investigate strategies science-community partnership are undertaking to successfully integrate the differing knowledge systems and practices of governments, non-indigenous and indigenous coastal communities .
The establishment of Customary Protection Areas (CPAs) to manage traditional fishing grounds including temporary closures as part of the area based management strategy along the southeastern coast of New Zealand was established in 2001. Maryann plans to draw lessons from this ongoing collaborative management programme for developing other marine reserves or marine protected areas in New Zealand and assess its utility in British Columbia, a coastal area with which she is familiar.
Current Activitly (2020): Beginning my PhD in marine ecology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands
Watson Midterm Report (pdf)
Watson Final Report (pdf)