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Perspective: Puget Sound Needs a Network of Effective MPAs and No-Take Marine Reserves

Article for MPA News by WFC Director of Science and Research, Jamie Glasgow.

RockfishDid you know that just 0.07% of Puget Sound is protected? Why is there no science-based MPA network in Puget Sound? An article by WFC Director of Science and Research, Jamie Glasgow calls for a network of MPAs and no-take marine reserves for Puget Sound. Perspective: Puget Sound Needs a Network of Effective MPAs and No-Take Marine Reserves was recently published in the January/February 2013 issue of MPA News. Here are a few samples from the article:

"...Substantial public will and resources have been aimed at "saving Puget Sound".  State and federal agencies have spent more than US $230 million annually on Puget Sound restoration since 2008, and many millions more have come from private foundations.  The majority of these funds have been spent on laudable habitat restoration projects, with notably fewer resources going toward meaningful harvest and hatchery reform.  And what about marine protected areas, you ask?  Well..."

"...At present there are just nine no-take marine reserves in Puget Sound that in total cover 425 acres.  This amounts to just 0.07% of Puget Sound's surface area.  (That is not seven percent; it is seven one-hundredths of one percent.)

"...Why the paucity of MPAs in Puget Sound?  Why is there no science-based MPA network?  It is not for lack of lip service.  MPAs are identified as fundamental but as-yet-unrealized tools in the WDFW Groundfish Management Policy, in the WDFW Draft Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan, and in Fish and Wildlife Commission Policies on groundfish and marine protection areas.  Workgroups, committees, and action agendas have identified the need and opportunity for an effective Puget Sound network of MPAs for the past 15 years, yet we are not measurably closer to implementation..."

View the entire article here.

For more information on marine reserves and Puget Sound, visit Sound Science - Marine Reserves.

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