26 Nov '11, 12pm

Australia Likely To Establish World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Australia Likely To Establish World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Despite the majority of the planet being covered in oceans, very little of the area is actually preserved or protected. While many land areas are protected to ensure the survival of monuments or species, very little of the same dedication has occurred in the water. Now a significant increase in sea protection is likely to happen in Australia. Currently the largest marine reserve in the world is in the Chagos Islands located in the Indian Ocean established by the United Kingdom. This marine reserve is 210,425 square miles. When this reserve was established it doubled the amount of ocean protected globally. Now Australia is seeking to establish a marine reserve on their northeast coast near Queensland. This region is known as the Coral Sea and if the reserve is approved it will be over 382,000 square miles. The area is approximately 1.5 times the size of France. This will ma...

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