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World's Largest Ocean Preserve
Oct 29, 2014

Barack Obama used his presidential powers to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pacific, banning fishing and other commercial activities across vast swaths of pristine sea populated by whales, dolphins and sea turtles and dotted with coral atolls. This proclamation expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument reserve to about six times its current size.

Commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources will be banned, but recreational fishing will still be allowed, in an attempt to preserve the public’s access to federal areas. Maritime law gives the U.S. control up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. Earlier, the U.S. set aside waters extending about 50 miles from the shore of the remote, U.S.-administered islands in the south-central Pacific, thousands of miles from the American mainland. The islands sit between Hawaii and American Samoa and are divided into five regions. Now America is extending the preserve to the full 200 miles but only for three of the five regions.

It was the 12th time Obama has bypassed Congress and used the Antiquities Act for environmental protection.


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