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"Biomass of targeted fish species has increased in kelp and shallow rock ecosystems inside and outside of the northern Channel Islands MPAs (established in 2003). Biodiversity in rocky intertidal ecosystems is significantly higher in “old” MPAs (established before 2012) than outside, while “new” MPAs show intermediate and highly variable biodiversity." - excerpts from the report State of the California South Coast, Summary of Findings from Baseline Monitoring of Marine Protected Areas, 2011–2015.
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