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Marine protection zones fail to protect endangered species

By Marcelle Balt

A study published this month has found that fish numbers in marine parks increase on average eight times after they have been in place for at least a decade. The landmark survey of sea life in 40 countries, found little difference between most conservation zones and areas opened to fishing. The study also found that only nine of the 87 marine-protected areas surveyed worldwide were functioning optimally. Graham Edgar, author if the research and Professor at the Institute for Marine Studies - University of Tasmania - comments.

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