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Placement of marine reserves is key

Focusing on the heaviest-fished areas can help meet conservation goals

9:09pm, February 21, 2010

SAN DIEGO — Saving both fish and the fishermen who depend on them appears to come down to one thing: location, location, location.

Marine protected areas, which currently limit fishing in 1.6 percent of the waters claimed by countries, need to be located in the right spots to have the maximum effect, researchers report. The work comes in a suite of papers published online February 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February 21.

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