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Marine highly mobile species endure long migrations in relation to their life-history phases. During these long journeys, these species are exposed to a wide range of threats that makes many of them rank amongst the most threatened animals in the world.

Efficient conservation and protection of MHMS needs the implementation of diverse but complementary management actions, ranging from the designation of MPA networks, including migration corridors, to other measures like Multilateral Environmental Agreements. Even if sometimes criticised, MPAs stand among the effective tools available to achieve the conservation of MHMS by mitigating human impacts in marine environments, as was highlighted in the recent experience exchange workshop of the MedPAN network (programme, presentations and recommendations on MedPAN web site).

This issue of “Science for MPA Management” takes stock of where science stands on this important subject.