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Posted on June 22 at 12:55 p.m.
In Santa Barbara, we are not strangers to marine protected areas with our network of reserves around the Channel Islands. Five years of monitoring these MPAs shows that numbers of rockfish in the reserves are up by 50% and the size of fish has increased by 80%. And this is after less than ten years of protection! Other emerging research shows that MPAs provide long-term benefits to the sustainability of fisheries by creating a spillover effect; marine life within the protected areas grow larger, have more offspring, and then seed the fished areas outside of the protected areas. If we protect productive habitats, like Naples Reef, overall ocean health along with commercial and recreational fishing all stand to benefit.
On Preservation Paddle Out For Naples Reef