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Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

RATE THIS! +36
Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:54 AM by AlexMuller

The US plans to create the world's biggest marine protected area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The White House will extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Fishing and drilling would be banned from an area that could eventually cover two million sq km.

 
The extended zone would double the world's fully protected marine reserves. The Pacific Remote Islands Area is controlled by the US and consists of seven scattered islands, atolls and reefs that lie between Hawaii and American Samoa. Essentially uninhabited, the waters that surround these remote islands are home to a wide range of species including corals, seabirds, sharks and vegetation not found anywhere else in the world.
 
In 2009, President Bush declared the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, giving the islands the same level of protection as statues or cultural sites. Now President Obama has signalled that he will extend the area that will be off limits to fishing and mineral exploitation to the limit of US economic control - some 200 nautical miles around the islands. The White House said the final size of the protected zone would depend on consultations with scientists, fishing and conservation organisations.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-18
+3
Great! Marine life needs more protection. It suffered badly firm global warming that not only increased temperature but also included acidification of oceans and many species just do not have capacity to adapt
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-18
+2
Indeed, these tropical coral reefs and associated ecosystems are among the marine environments facing the most serious threat from climate change and ocean acidification Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
You should do this this immediately on arriving at the airport. We did see a few people who got in the lines for the airline check-in and then were disappointed when that had to go back first to pay their departure tax (–be sure to keep the receipts with you during check-in!). At SJO, we were met curbside by a baggage handler who courteously helped us through the entire process. This was definitely a boost to us fisit-trmers! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
You should do this this immediately on arriving at the airport. We did see a few people who got in the lines for the airline check-in and then were disappointed when that had to go back first to pay their departure tax (–be sure to keep the receipts with you during check-in!). At SJO, we were met curbside by a baggage handler who courteously helped us through the entire process. This was definitely a boost to us fisit-trmers! Reply


 

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