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Quarter of the world's oceans need urgent action to preserve wildlife

More than a quarter of the world's oceans need "effective conservation" to stave off a rapid decline in biodiversity from over-fishing and provide protection from the effects of climate change.

A University of Queensland-led team of researchers said 26 to 41 per cent of the oceans needed some protection to overcome human-led threats "as a bare minimum", according to a paper published on Saturday in One Earth.

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