These are the Ocean's Protected Areas—and We Need More

The ocean faces many challenges, but has the extraordinary power to replenish when it is protected. Marine protected areas facilitate resilience and recovery for degraded areas of the ocean, and offer opportunities to rebuild stocks of commercially important species. Additionally, protected marine ecosystems can offer long term economic and recreational benefits which can be enjoyed for generations to come, provided that proper enforcement and oversight is practiced within these areas.

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