Europe Mulls Marine Reserves

A meeting of environmental leaders from 20 European nations concluded that marine protected areas are needed to protect 27 species of marine animals and ten types of habitat, according to the British journal Nature. The convention did not determine the number, size or type of areas that would be closed, but the resolutions are not legally binding. The first sites are due to be designated in 2006 and legal protection may follow, according to the journal's website at www.nature.com.