Data from: China's little-known efforts to protect its marine ecosystem safeguards some habitats but omits others

John Bohorquez, Xue Guifang, Timothy Frankstone, Maria Grima, Karine Kleinhaus, Yiyi Zhao & Ellen Pikitch
China’s stature as the world’s major producer and consumer of seafood is legendary, but its long-standing tradition of protecting marine life domestically is virtually unknown. We present the most comprehensive database on area-based marine conservation in China including 326 sites that conserve 12.98% of China’s seas and address 142 conservation objectives. Twenty-two percent of shallow habitats (<10 meters) were fully or highly protected and 20% of waters 10-50 meters deep were conserved to some degree....
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