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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Are Needed

"MPAs preserve biodiversity, protect important ocean habitats such as fish spawning grounds, set aside areas for scientific research, and help depleted fish populations recover. While the ocean covers nearly 70% of the earth, and while 97% of all living matter is in the ocean, and while more than 95% percent of the ocean is unexplored, less than 1% of the ocean is set aside as protected wilderness." (Excerpt from California Coastwatcher, November 2001 issue, written by Mark Massara, Sierra Club Coastal Program)

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