Satellite data suggest conservation success likely for marine ‘Blue Belt’

09 January 2019

10% of the world’s oceans could be marine reserves by 2020 if UN goals are met, but it has been suggested that many of these reserves will represent protection on paper but not in practice. However, new research trialling remote satellite monitoring of illegal fishing activity in the protected waters of Ascension Island from the Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans suggests that here at least these “paper park” fears are not fully supported by evidence.

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