"It's the coverage plus the quality": MPAs entering a new phase emphasizing management effectiveness

AS PROGRESS IS steadily being made toward the United Nations goal of setting aside 10 percent of the ocean as marine protected areas by 2020, scientists and conservationists are increasingly realizing that success needs to be about more than hitting a number.

“It isn’t just about measuring the coverage. It’s the coverage plus the quality,” said Lance Morgan, president of the Marine Conservation Institute, who attended the quadrennial International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Chile last week.

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