Some good news today – President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum to expand a vast marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean. Being a marine biologist I am particularly interested in this!
The area called the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will become the biggest area of marine protected areas in the world.
The memorandum bans environmental impacts such as commercial fishing, deep-sea mining in a bid to protect the oceanic resources in the reserve.
The Pacific reserve area is located between Hawaii and American Samoa and includes many islands atolls and reefs, many of which are condidered pristine. It covers 1.2m sq km.