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Cocos MPA fails to be enacted Photo

Cocos MPA fails to be enacted

National Geographic reports that the 4,000-square-mile expansion of the marine protected area (MPA) around the extraordinarily biodiverse waters of Cocos Island National Park committed to by former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo SolĂ­s failed to be enacted. The report states that this was due to pressure from local fishing interests.

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The Seychelles has announced two new Marine Protected Areas Photo

The Seychelles has announced two new Marine Protected Areas

On February 21, 2018, the Seychelles announced the designation of two new Marine Protected Areas, covering an area of roughly 81,000 square miles. The first MPA covers 29,000 square miles around the Aldabra island group which is home to the dugong (the most endangered animal in the Western Indian Ocean) as well as about 100,000 giant tortoises. The second MPA covers the deep waters between the Amirantes Group and Fortune Bank, an area important to tourism and local fishing.

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President Obama creates world’s largest MPA Photo

President Obama creates world’s largest MPA

On Friday, President Obama has quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. It will now contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas. It is home to 7,000 marine species. All commercial resource extraction activities, including commercial fishing and any future mineral extraction, will be prohibited from the whole area.

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