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Science provides the critical foundation of Pew’s ongoing work in marine and terrestrial conservation.

Pew’s experts provide technical expertise, develop and manage research projects, and communicate scientific results widely and effectively to inform conservation policy and sustainable management of global natural resources.

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In Pacific Ocean, Expanded Protections Didn’t Hurt Fishing

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In Pacific Ocean, Expanded Protections Didn’t Hurt Fishing

The expansion of two large U.S. marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Pacific Ocean had no measurable economic effects on the fishing industry, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications, one of only a few studies to apply rigorous scientific methods to this issue.

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Market-Based Agreements Lead to Large-Scale Conservation

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When countries cooperate to manage the ocean, they can promote a more equitable distribution of the costs of setting up marine protected areas (MPAs).

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Humpback Whales in the South Atlantic Ocean Face Threats

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The population of humpback whales in the western South Atlantic Ocean is healthier than previously thought, according to research that incorporated new and more accurate data than were previously available. Unfortunately, this growing population could soon face additional difficulty due to climate change and changes in prey abundance in regions off the eastern coast of South America.