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Plan Would Protect New England Coast

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Science  09 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5412, pp. 237
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5412.237

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BOSTON-- A 2-day workshop was held here last month to build support for Marine Protected Areas, a controversial concept aimed at preserving biodiversity in coastal waters. The discussion generated a map that nominated 29% of the ocean floor off the coast of New England and Canada's Maritime Provinces for protection, as well as 25% of pelagic (open-ocean) waters. The next step will come in the fall, when the scientists discuss the plan with government officials, commercial stakeholders, and environmental activists--meetings that are likely to be contentious.