People concerned about oceans should check their expectations of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) , according to scientists in Nature.com. Scientists say there is not have enough data on whether or not MPA accomplish everything we hope they do.
No one says marine lovers should not support MPA, just hold off on giving them panacea status for now. It's good food for thought. After all, we would not want to assume something blue is protected and when in fact it is not.
According to the story, "Tundi Agardy, an environmental consultant based in Colrain, Massachusetts, is the lead author of a paper published in Marine Policy, which warns of a "blind faith" in the ability of MPAs to stem biodiversity loss. She told Nature that she can name only "a handful" of areas that actually work as advertised. Her paper identifies five possible shortcomings in MPAs: many are too small to be effective; they may simply drive fishing into other areas; they create an illusion of protection when none is actually occurring; many are poorly planned or managed; and they can fail all too easily because of environmental degradation of waters just outside the protected area."
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