Coral Reefs and the Global Network of Marine Protected Areas

  title={Coral Reefs and the Global Network of Marine Protected Areas},
  author={Camilo Mora and Serge Andr{\'e}fou{\"e}t and Mark John Costello and Christine Kranenburg and Audrey Rollo and John E. N. Veron and Kevin J. Gaston and Ransom A. Myers},
  pages={1750 - 1751}
Existing marine reserves are largely ineffective and as a whole remain insufficient for the protection of coral reef diversity. 

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