29 Nov '11, 3pm

Australia Proposes Creation of World's Largest Marine Reserve in Coral Sea #oceans

Australia Proposes Creation of World's Largest Marine Reserve in Coral Sea #oceans

The latest "world's biggest" comes from Australia, with a new proposal to establish the world's largest marine reserve. The reserve will be located in the Coral Sea off the north-east coast, beginning on the eastern edge of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and cover around 990,000 square kilometers. Of this, 507,000 square kilometers will be a "no take" area, which means fishing is banned entirely. These no take areas are vital to keeping fish populations healthy, as they provide a place for fish to mature and eventually restock the areas where fishing is allowed. Nature.com reports , "Announcing the proposal on Friday, environment minister Tony Burke said his government would be creating the world’s largest marine protected area as the last component of a huge marine planning exercise." However, because the no take area is arguably small compared to the entire protecte...

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