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The Top Three Lessons From Marine Protected Areas Worldwide

Posted On October 24, 2013 by

Aerial view of Double Cone Rock State Marine Conservation Area

Photo: Kip Evans / Ocean Conservancy

The following is an excerpt from a post that originally appeared on National Geographic NewsWatch.

We may be from more than 80 countries, and we don’t all speak the same language, but after just two days, the 1,200 participants at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille, France, are bonding. We all believe marine protected areas (MPAs) play an important role in the future of our ocean. Throw in some shared awe over a bowl of bouillabaisse (so. much. fish!) and a few bottles of Provençal rosé, and we’ve got more than enough fodder to fill five days of conversation.

The best part of these conversations is their authenticity and substance. Like a secret handshake we all learned during our years spent advocating for, designing, monitoring or otherwise implementing MPAs, we’ve got a shorthand that—in spite of our differences—allows us to speak in a single language about protecting our global ocean. As a result, three things keep resonating in the presentations and conversations at IMPAC3: Continue reading »

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Marine Protected Areas Attract More Than Just Ocean Life

Posted On May 8, 2012 by

Deer nibbling seaweed and wading in a shallow tidepool in the White Rock Cambria State Marine Conservation Area. Credit: Jim Webb

California’s marine protected areas were created to enhance ocean ecosystems for marine life — but it turns out that deer also like them. Cambria resident Jim Webb spotted these deer nibbling seaweed and wading in a shallow tidepool in the White Rock Cambria State Marine Conservation Area. He reports that numerous sea otters and a pod of dolphins were seen the same day not far from here. Wildlife watching is a fantastic opportunity in many of California’s MPAs.

The California Fish and Game Commission is in the final stages of creating a network of marine protected areas in Northern California. They need to hear from you before the next public hearing. Let them know you support MPAs in California.

Check out more photos from Jim Webb after the jump.

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