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Special Places---Special Protection

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, June 17, 2014/Categories: natural history, marine life, sustainability, environment

Like other presidents before him, Barack Obama has designated protected areas in the oceans.

The President's executive action will expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, by increasing the existing marine reserve, created by President George W. Bush, from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles.

Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument  (credit: NOAA)

Secretary of State John Kerry, attending an international ocean summit, said:

"The bottom line is that most people don’t realize that if the entire world doesn’t come together to try to change course and protect the ocean from unsustainable fishing practices, unprecedented pollution, or the devastating effects of climate change, then we run the risk of fundamentally breaking entire ecosystems."

Kerry said other nations should make strong efforts to curtail overfishing, control water pollution, and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are responsible for ocean acidification.

This expanded reserves will greatly assist efforts to restore depleted fisheries and other wildlife; protect against illegal trawling; and help to increase coral reefs. 
Even the talented actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the marine conservation efforts with  a donation to Oceanathe ocean advocacy organization.

The Aquarium of the Pacific produced a video on the importance of sustaining the oceans: 

Special places need special protection and these new marine conservation efforts should be widely celebrated.


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