No-Take Marine Protected Areas: Having Your Fish and Eating Them Too. Size matters Why do protected areas create more fish? The obvious answer is that, when protected from capture and imminent death, fish have more opportunities to reproduce. However, there could be a subtler but even more important reason: size matters. Fish living in protected areas typically live longer and are consistently larger than fish in unprotected areas. Dr. Almany said that larger m | Smithsonian Ocean…
WhaleAndCalf; NOAA is working on a plan that could limit manmade noise undersea — and reduce the destruction it leaves in its wake. Reuters reports that NOAA is working on a 10-year plan scheduled to be released later in 2016 that will instate legal limits to the U.S.’s contributions to ocean noise, as well as collect important data that monitors how noise affects marine life.
Why MPAs? Marine protected areas are essential to safeguard biodiversity and to sustain vibrant seas. Marine protected areas can increase biomass and biodiversity in tropical and temperate ecosystems, as well as serve as insurance policies against the impacts of fishing and other destructive activities. If managed properly, they are an effective way of protecting marine ecosystems along with their cultural and historical heritage for us and future generations.
A six gill shark paid us a visit, and even stuck around for a minute. Note the high diversity of coral species in the foreground. Look closely, and you can see brittle starfish hiding in in the corals.