Fellows in the News
Posted by Lauren Hertel on Saturday, February 25 2017


Sarah Hameed

Well-regulated and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) established in biologically significant places benefit marine wildlife [1]. One lingering question, however, has been about the value of MPAs for conserving highly-mobile species, like sharks, that move easily across their boundaries. Robust shark populations are necessary to keep marine ecosystems healthy, and many shark populations are threatened by shark finning.

Although small coastal MPAs do not adequately protect shark populations, it appears that larger MPAs provide an effective conservation tool that supports shark populations.

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