This has ramifications for the debate locally over creating Marine Protected Areas. Supporters of MPAs, including the NW Straits Foundation (whom support the work of local Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) in counties on the north Sound and Coast, which have, over a fifteen year period, been unable to get such areas created to protect Rock Fish populations.
Researchers reporting online on May 24 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology present the first evidence that areas closed to all fishing are helping to sustain valuable Australian fisheries. The international team of scientists applied a forensic DNA profiling approach to track the dispersal pathways of fish larvae throughout a network of marine reserves on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
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