The Marine Protected Areas Research Group focuses on all aspects of the establishment and management of marine protected areas within the context of integrated coastal management. We believe that interaction amongst committed individuals from different backgrounds and perspectives provides an enriched environment for advancing knowledge regarding MPAs. The group undertakes research on all aspects of MPAs, ranging from institutional assessments and social surveys through to basic biogeographical studies on marine and coastal ecosystems. Active research programs have been or are currently underway in Canada and throughout much of the developing world including Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.