Original Published Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2013

Media issued by ARC Centre for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies          
Leading international marine scientists, including researchers  from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, have called for the  protection of larger marine wilderness areas in a bid to shield the world's dwindling stocks of fish from destruction. Scientists from Australia and the US  have been working in the world's largest unfished marine reserve, the remote  Chagos Archipelago in the central Indian Ocean to gather data. Their findings provide the world's first clear evidence that large-scale marine wilderness reserves are better for conserving fish than the  far more common, small marine protected areas that many governments and fishing communities are presently implementing.