Three Times the Gains

Groundbreaking global study is the first to map ocean areas that, if strongly protected, would help solve climate, food and biodiversity crises
Harrison Tasoff
Two trevally swim through a school of forage fish

Two trevally swim through a school of forage fish in Palau. Photo Credit: Mary Price

Darcy Bradley, co-director of the Ocean and Fisheries Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab), and  Reniel Cabral, an assistant researcher at UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute and in its Bren School of Environmental Science & Management are part of an international team of 26 authors, including six at UC Santa Barbara, that has just published a study in the prestigious journal Nature offering a combined solution to several of humanity’s most pressing challenges. It is the most comprehensive assessment to date of where strict ocean protection can contribute to a more abundant supply of healthy seafood and provide a cheap, natural solution to address climate change, in addition to protecting embattled species and habitats.

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