[Coral-List] Ocean protection

Ellen Prager pragere at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 26 09:56:44 EDT 2018


The article in the NY Times makes the important points that if you are not restricting activities such as fishing or if you don’t enforce restrictions big protected areas are not very effective. Not sure it is the size of the protected area that matters as much as what that protection actually means and how it is enforced. Good that it is bringing about discussion on both fronts.


Dr. Ellen Prager
Earth2Ocean, Inc

> On Mar 24, 2018, at 10:21 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Dear Listers,
> It comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that a controversy has developed regarding the establishment of a number of large protected areas of open ocean.. A recent op-ed piece in The NY Times took issue with the rationale behind these efforts. I was wondering if the community of coral reef scientists had any thoughts on the subject. I would imagine that protecting inshore coastal areas would be more vital to coral reefs, but what about the wider open ocean as a whole?
> Here are summaries of the two conflicting perspectives. 
> https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/opinion/environment-ocean-conservation..html?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com
> http://www.oceanelders.org/news/ocean-conservation-bigger/
> Regards,
> Steve
> Sent from my iPad
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