Obama creates Pacific Ocean reserve


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 26, 2014

On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama created the world's largest ocean reserve.

The new reserve, an enlargement of the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, nearly quadruples the total amount of U.S. ocean territory that's protected from commercial fishing, oil drilling, and other activities.

"it's the world's largest area protected from commercial fishing"

Previously, the monument — a cluster of reserves surrounding seven uninhabited islands south and west of Hawaii — covered about 86,888 square miles. The new monument will cover nearly 490,000 square miles in total, with the gains coming from extending the borders to 200 miles off the coasts of Wake Island, Jarvis Island, and Johnston Atoll. This is as far as the U.S. government is permitted to protect, according to international law.

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