As with any good fish, wildlife or land management decision, discussions about measures that restrict public access to public resources must involve an open public process, a solid scientific basis, and specific guidelines on implementation and follow up. The establishment of any MPA or Wilderness area regardless of its level of restrictions or size should:
1) Be based on the best scientific information available;
2) Include criteria to assess the conservation benefits of the closed area;
3) Establish a timetable for review of the closed area’s performance that is consistent with the purposes of the closed area; and
4) Be based on an assessment of the benefits and impacts of the closure, including its size, in relation to other management measures ( either alone or in combination with such measures), including the benefits and impacts of limiting access to : users of the area, overall fishing / riding activity, fishery or natural resource science, and fishery and natural resource conservation.