14 Jun '12, 2pm

How awesome is this!?! - Australia to create world's largest network of marine parks

How awesome is this!?! - Australia to create world's largest network of marine parks

Australia on Thursday announced plans to create the world's largest network of marine parks to protect ocean life, with limits placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration off the coast. The new reserves would cover 1.2 million square miles or more than one-third of Australian waters, taking in significant breeding and feeding grounds. The announcement, after years of planning and consultation, came ahead of the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development next week in Brazil , which Environment Minister Tony Burke and Prime Minister Julia Gillard will attend. "It's time for the world to turn a corner on protection of our oceans ," Burke said in the lead-up to the meeting, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit that declared the environment a priority. "And Australia today is leading that next step. "This new network of marine reserves will help ensure that Aust...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/australi...

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