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Obama creates vast Pacific Ocean marine reserve

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Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 09:58 PM by AlexMuller

The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world. The memorandum bans commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources in the area. Environmental campaigners welcomed the move although some critics say President Obama could have done more.

 

"This really is a matter of stewardship. It's also a matter of generational responsibility," said US Secretary of State John Kerry. "We have a responsibility to make sure... the future has the same ocean to serve it. Not to be abused, but to preserve and utilise." The Pacific Remote Islands Area consists of seven scattered islands, atolls and reefs that lie between Hawaii and American Samoa. The waters that surround these islands are home to corals, seabirds, sharks and vegetation not found anywhere else in the world.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-27
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Well done! The news should be welcome as the good one. Of course, people always want more to better preserve oceans and the environment in general - but setting the trend in this direction is an important step
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-27
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It seems that some environmental groups already greeted the announcement and said they hoped it would spur other nations to take similar steps. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-27
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The timing is also important. The president acted expeditiously, while the area is still largely pristine and undisturbed and this is vital for the success of preservation Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-09-27
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This is considerable expansion of the area that is preserved, 4-fold increase from 2009 - hopefully it will get to be even bigger. The region boundaries were selected based on comments from fishermen, lawmakers and scientists. A good way to decide Reply


 

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