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The state of the Nation's marine managed areas: place-based conservation in West Coast waters
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    Marine managed areas in the U.S. -- MMAs in West Coast regional waters (0 - 200 nautical miles) -- MMAs in state waters (0 - 3 nautical miles) -- The emerging picture of place-based marine management on the West Coast -- For additional information.

    Provides information on trends in location, size, purpose, and management of existing marine managed areas on the U.S. west coast, covering the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. Notes that fewer than 0.1% of those MMAs are no-take, while others allow at least some fishing activity. Analyzes results in terms of levels of protection, impacts on fishing, and conservation focus, and notes results are intended to inform effective conservation and management of marine ecosystems in the area, as well as to provide the foundation for designing an effective national system of marine protected areas.

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