Elevated trawling inside protected areas undermines conservation outcomes in a global fishing hot spot

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Science  21 Dec 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6421, pp. 1403-1407
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0561

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Marine protected areas (MPAs) have increasingly designated globally, with an associated advertised percentage of area protected. However, recent research has made it clear that many MPAs are not actually protecting marine biodiversity. Dureuil et al. focused on European MPAs and found that trawling, one of the most damaging types of fishing, occurs widely in these areas. Furthermore, using sharks and rays as indicator species, they found that many MPAs are failing to protect vulnerable species.

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