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We have shown through standing stock surveys that assigning legal protection status to marine areas with rich biodiversity can help in reducing plastic and marine litter versus the non protected areas.

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It was a wonderful work conducted in a remote area by one of my master's student (co-author Sonalika Mamgain) as part of her MSc dissertation. She collected extremely valuable data from an area which I believe is very important from research perspective. I envisioned this study due to the importance of study area as India's first marine protected area (MPA) and had hypothesized that it should have less litter as compared to adjacent commercial and industrial islands. The data collected in this study validated this hypothesis.

Anju Baroth
Eaton Corp

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This page is a summary of: Role of protected area in reducing marine and plastic litter: A case study from India's first Marine Protected Area and comparison with Non‐Protected Areas, Journal of Industrial Ecology, March 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13248.
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