Original Published Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015

A new study by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has found that more than 17 000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected. The study is the first comprehensive assessment of protected areas coverage on marine life, looking at the ranges of some 17 348 species of marine life, including whales, sharks rays and fish. They found that 97.4% have less than 10% of their range represented in marine protected areas. Nations with the largest number of ‘gap species’ (or species whose range lie entirely outside of protected areas) include the U.S., Canada, and Brazil.

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.