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Marine protection "cheaper than subsidies"

Establishing a global network of marine protected areas covering nearly one-third of oceans would cost less than is currently being spent on subsidising fisheries, environmental groups WWF and RSPB have claimed. Over-fishing affects two-thirds of world fisheries, they said in a new report, and has also caused significant habitat loss. By safeguarding species, a protection network would eventually increase fish stocks and allow profitable catches, the study argues. Only 0.5% of the world's sea area is currently protected, against 12% of land area. See press release and the study.

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