Underwater Refuge

Efforts are under way to greatly expand coastal no-fishing zones

9:00am, April 25, 2001

Sanctuary. One definition, according to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, is "a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal."

You'd think, therefore, that the United States' 13 national marine sanctuaries—more than 18,000 square nautical miles of underwater real estate along U.S. coasts—should be safe havens for their denizens. In fact, most are anything but.

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