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In Caribbean, push to create no-take reserves

Monday - 7/15/2013, 4:12pm  ET

In this June 6, 2013 photo, fishermen navigate their boat back to shore near the historic town of Port Royal in southeastern Jamaica. Across the Caribbean, governments and fishing communities are beginning to understand that such “no-take” zones can help rebuild severely depleted fish stocks and make coastal ecosystems more resilient to a warming planet. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

DAVID McFADDEN
Associated Press

BLUEFIELDS BAY, Jamaica (AP) -- Young fish leap in the wake of a warden's patrol boat as it motors through waters off Jamaica's southwest coast that are a brilliant palette of blues. Beneath the surface, reefs bristle with spiny lobsters, and rainbow-colored parrotfish graze on algae and seaweed.

After rampant destruction of local fish habitats over decades, marine life is gradually rebounding in Bluefields Bay now that every minnow and mullet, each sea urchin and snapper is protected from spear guns and nets. This 6
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