With 8% coverage, NOAA analysis claims "good progress" toward MPA establishment

New analysis of updated data shows that although 8 percent of U.S waters are designated as marine protected areas, the majority of these areas are open to fishing and other activities.

That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has cataloged marine protected areas on its website.

"These data show that the U.S. has a representative network of MPAs, both geographically and for different purposes, and 8 percent is good progress,” National Marine Protected Areas Center acting director Lauren Wenzel said in a statement.

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