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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Australia announces the creation of the world's largest marine reserve...

Australia to create world's largest marine reserve
This graphic released by Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities shows the proposed Commonwealth marine reserves areas around Australia announced on 14 June, 2012 Plans released by the Australian government to create the largest marine reserve in the world
Australia says it will create the world's largest network of marine parks ahead of the Rio+20 summit.
The reserves will cover 3.1 million sq km of ocean, including the Coral Sea.
Restrictions will be placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration in the protected zone covering more than a third of Australia's waters.
Environment Minister Tony Burke, who made the announcement, will attend the earth summit in Brazil next week with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
"It's time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans," Mr Burke said. "And Australia today is leading that next step."


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