Marine parks aren’t just useful for protecting delicate environments, but might also just be the key to producing healthier future generations of fish.
A new study by the Florida Institute of Technology suggests that fish born in marine reserves are healthier, larger, and more successful at reproducing. The findings centered on marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Philippines and documented that many of the fish born in such reserves grow to be larger—a promising find for local fishermen who are often frustrated by bureaucratic conservation efforts.
“The first reaction to marine reserves by local users is traditionally, ‘You close all of these fishing areas and we can’t fish anymore in there,’” study co-author Ralph Turingan said.
“That is the wrong way to think. These MPAs are actually important is sustaining fishing activities,” he added.
If you feel like digging into the data, you can find the study published in the online journal PLOS One.
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