Highlighting the Many Benefits of Marine Reserves
Marine reserves benefit marine species and their ocean environment, according to a New York Times editorial published on Wednesday, Dec. 4. While highly protected marine reserves are well-recognized as havens for fish and other marine life, new science reveals that they play an even greater role than previously thought in helping marine communities better withstand powerful forces, such as the effects of climate change.
These findings align with the efforts of The Pew Charitable Trusts' Global Ocean Legacy project, which seeks to establish the first generation of great marine reserves around the globe. Marine scientists recently voiced their support for creating such reserves, particularly noting how these areas can emerge more resilient and healthier.