Marine reserves studied around the world

The Science of Marine Reserves: detailed case studies

At least 61 countries--ranging from small islands to large nations--have established marine reserves in temperate and tropical regions.
Scientific studies of at least 150 marine reserves have been published in peer-reviewed journals. The Science of Marine Reserves Project provides detailed case studies for a subset of these reserves.
Explore the effects of marine reserves in more detail at these locations:
- Anacapa Island, California, USA
- Dry Tortugas, Florida, USA
- Gulf of Maine, New England, USA
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia
- California, USA
- Apo and Sumilon Islands, Philippines
- Kisite Marine National Park, Kenya
- Leigh Marine Reserve, New Zealand
- Jardines de la Reina, Cuba and Glover's Reef, Belize
- Las Cruces, Chile
- Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas
There are other marine reserves around the world that have not yet been studied. Although over 400 marine reserves have been established, they cover less than 0.1% of the world's oceans.
Learn about global marine reserves here.
Read the lessons learned from this research to improve how we plan and implement marine reserves.


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Visit the website of the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans to learn more about the Science of Marine Reserves.  

There you can download our booklets, video series, and high-resolution figures.

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