“College of Charleston Professor Studies Pressures on Marine Protected Areas”

Without new MPAs, we will continue down our present path of destruction and degradation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Nearly every corner of our ocean has been touched by human impact or extraction, with over two-thirds of it significantly altered by human activities. For example, in the U.S., the Florida Keys reef tract has lost nearly 98% of its coral cover. And let’s not forget that many people rely on the ocean’s resources and habitats for food, oxygen, jobs, medicines, recreation, mental and spiritual health, cultural traditions and belonging, protection from storms and flooding, among other benefits. […]


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