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Clinton to Expand Marine Reserve Areas

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1567
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1567

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President Bill Clinton on 26 May ordered federal agencies to develop an expansive new network of marine reserves in U.S. waters. The move came a few days after The Pew Charitable Trusts established a high-profile oceans commission that supporters hope will energize efforts to study and protect the sea. Adding to the bounty, federal officials also announced that they will shift shipping lanes away from environmentally sensitive areas off California, while researchers began an ambitious effort to count all forms of marine life (see p. 1575).