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Press Release 09-094

High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

Climate change, fishing and commercial shipping top list of threats

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A map showing West Coast ocean areas most affected by humans.

Scientists have developed a map showing West Coast ocean areas most affected by humans.

Credit: Ben Halpern/NCEAS


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Satellite map of California shore, among the most human-affected areas of the West Coast.

Satellite map of California shore, among the most human-affected areas of the West Coast.

Credit: NASA


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Photo of a fisherman.

U.S. West Coast fish populations are heavily impacted by human activities.

Credit: NOAA


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