Big news: within the past few weeks world leaders from 24 nations and the European Union have established the largest marine reserve ever (1,550,00o square km).  This reserve will be divided between no-take and scientific research zones where fishing will be permitted for scientific purposes.  Many are in favor of large no-take reserves, but others have differing opinions.  Ray Hilborne, a leading fisheries scientists, is among those that question the value of large no-take zones stating: “If fishing is the problem then they should reduce fishing pressure, not move it around,”.  Conservation versus preservation is a valuable debate to have.

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