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This April 2001 NRDC report shows how marine reserves play a critical role in keeping the world's oceans healthy and productive. Like national parks and wilderness areas, marine reserves are places where nothing can be taken out and only recreational and research activities are permitted; this simple step of placing part of the ocean off-limits can reap tremendous benefits. Included here: a review of the international scientific evidence in favor of reserves; a look at five dramatically successful reserves in the United States; a discussion of the legal framework that governs reserve management; and general guidelines for creating new marine protected areas.

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Summary of Our Findings

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Executive Summary
A Closer Look at Five Protected Sites
How Reserves Work and Why
The Reasons for Reserves

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