Damselfish Study Could Help Improve Marine Reserves

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 13, 2004   View Article

In recent years scientific studies have shown that marine environments made off-limits to fishing fleets are a boon to the fish that swim there. The question is: What parts of the ocean are the best to close for the benefit of the fish and those who eat them?

Suzanne Dorsey is an assistant professor of biology at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All too often, she says, politics drive decisions on where to locate marine reserves, which saps them of their full potential.

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