Highly protected marine reserves are areas
in the ocean where fish, birds, plants and marine mammals can thrive. That means the animals
are free to frolic and play, find mates or simply while away an afternoon oblivious to the outside
world. It’s kind of like college for fish. Studies show that species in highly protected
marine reserves flourish and in their quest for self-discovery, often swim well beyond
the boundaries of the reserves… “Road Trip! Woohoo.” This is good news for fishermen and coastal
communities that depend on healthy fish populations for survival. Marine reserves are also good for all of us.
Like national parks, they safeguard a vital part of our planet for future generations.
But its not just about preserving natural beauty, scientists are just beginning to discover
the enormous benefits that a healthy ocean provides. Thank goodness someone took college seriously. Looking at it from a global scale, scientists
highly recommend that at least 30 percent of the ocean be fully protected. Marine reserves
are key to addressing challenges to ocean health. It makes sense we’d want to protect
it but so far we’ve only set aside only a tiny percentage of the ocean as highly protected! Its time we turn more of our oceans into
marine reserves, not only to protect them, but to protect ourselves. And if you happen to wander into one remember,
respect the marine animals that live there and let them party on.