Do marine protected areas work?

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Do marine protected areas work?

Marine protected areas, or MPAS, are an increasingly common way of protecting marine ecosystems by prohibiting fishing in specific locations. However, many people remain skeptical that MPAs actually benefit fish populations, and there has not yet been a way to demonstrate whether or not they are effective. Until now.

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Additional coauthors on the study include J. Wilson White from Oregon State University, Dan Malone and Mark Carr from UC Santa Cruz, Richard M. Starr from the California Sea Grant and Marine Moss Landing Laboratories, and Marissa Baskett and Alan Hastings of UC Davis.

The study was funded by California Sea Grant, National Science Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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