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Marine conservation

How to heal an ocean

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Marine protected areas are being implemented at an accelerating pace, and hold promise for restoring damaged ecosystems. But glaring shortfalls in staffing and funding often lead to suboptimal outcomes. See Article p.665.

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Figure 1: A diver monitors marine life at the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve in Florida.

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Figure 2: Rapid growth of marine protected areas (MPAs).

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