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The importance of marine protected areas

A MARINE protected area is an internationally recognized area of ocean (or of land and ocean combined) where human activities such as tourism, development and fishing are managed to ensure sustainability.

Research has proven that balancing the ecosystem by conserving every species that lives in it is an important step that must be taken.

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Junior Evence enjoys fishing.  Photo by Rose Peredo

“The Living Edens: Palau, Paradise of the Pacific” notes that the island-nation is home to some of the most exotic creatures and realms in the world.

PBS.org said Palau reefs host over 300 species of coral, nine species of sea grass, and 2,000 species of fish.  Each member of this ecosystem depend on the others to survive. When one of the links in the chain is removed, all other living things suffer.

Parrot fish are an integral part of the coral reef ecosystem because they eat excess algae and this allows the coral to survive.

According to a study conducted by Sejoon Kim and Professor Bradley Tatar of South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, after the release of captive dolphins from South Korean marine parks, there has been a growing environmental movement toward the conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystems. This movement relies on a single-species conservation focus and does not encompass an entire ecosystem, but researchers believe that this movement has enormous symbolic significance for the welfare of marine animals.

The research team hopes to carry out in-depth case studies on various other marine conservation topics.

Although many islanders like Junior Evence enjoy fishing and eating fish, his mother believes that he and the rest of the island youth must learn the importance of conservation.

 Conservation International has been a leader in the creation of marine protected areas around the world from village-level to country-level.  CI builds on this success with its pioneering Seascape approach, which builds partnerships among local decision-makers to manage large, multiple-use ocean areas in a sustainable manner.