• New Zealand to create massive marine sanctuary

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    UNITED NATIONS, New York: New Zealand on Monday unveiled plans to create a South Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France, saying it would protect one of the world’s most pristine ocean environments. Prime Minister John Key said the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary would cover an area of 620,000 square kilometers about 1,000 kilometers off New Zealand’s northeast coast. Announcing the plans at the United Nations in New York, Key said the Kermadec area was home to thousands of important species, including whales, dolphins, seabirds and endangered turtles. The sanctuary will prevent fishing and mineral exploitation in an area where marine scientists regularly discover new marine species.

    AFP

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