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Study: Outside of central Pacific, 98% of US oceans are unprotected

More than 98% of U.S. waters outside the central Pacific Ocean are not part of a marine protected area, and the ones that are tend to be "lightly" or "minimally" protected from damaging human activity, research led by Oregon State University shows.

Published today in Frontiers in Marine Science, the study examined the nation's 50 largest marine protected areas, or MPAs, using a groundbreaking guide produced last year by some of the same scientists who worked on the current research. Those 50 account for 99.7% of the United States' MPA coverage.

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