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West Florida Marine Protected Areas

Learn more about the two MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and the research NOAA Fisheries is conducting there.

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Alaska Ocean Farms harvests seaweed near Kodiak, Alaska. Alaska Ocean Farms harvests seaweed near Kodiak, Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
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