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WP Article on Ocean Zoning
The Washington Post has published an article that discusses Ocean Zoning with Elliott Norse, chief scientist at the Marine Conservation Institute. According to the WP article:

    "Unlike a ban on offshore drilling, ocean zoning would allow what Norse calls 'extractive activities' but would limit them to specific areas. Australia successfully tried zoning in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the 1970s, Norse says; President Obama has proposed such a policy, but the House defunded it in May."
The article further asks
    "How much of the ocean should be declared off-limits to hooks, harpoons and oil wells? 'A really good compromise that would allow us to save nearly all species of marine life would be to save 20 percent of each biogeographic region,' Norse says. The current set- aside? According to Norse, just 1.2 percent, resulting in the loss of fish from the waters of Israel, New England and the Chesapeake Bay - which, he says, is 'much more like a soup of algae than a place that used to be lined with oysters.'"
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