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This drawing by Elyse Laundau, age 9, is a winner of Environmental Defense's "Year of the Ocean" children's art contest. Environmental Defense and its members are committed to safeguarding the world's oceans.

One exciting new direction in which Environmental Defense is now embarking is to help establish a system of Marine Protected Areas. Marine reserves are areas in the sea in which fishing is banned. They can serve many purposes including: conservation of biodiversity, education, research, aesthetics, recreation, tourism, rebuilding of depleted fish populations and potentially enhancing fisheries. Marine reserves provide a refuge for fish species threatened elsewhere, offer direct protection of ocean environments, and provide information on the structure and function of marine ecosystems.

Click here to read more about the triumphs and challenges facing protectors of the world's oceans.

Click here to see more art contest winners and visit Environmental Defense kids' pages.

Colorful Ocean by Elyse L.
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