Obama to Expand Pacific Remote Islands Marine Sanctuary
President Obama, alongside people from 80 different countries, are combining efforts to protect the world's oceans. As part of the Our Oceans conference hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama agreed Tuesday to place a large portion of the central Pacific Ocean under marine protection. The plan will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 87,000 square miles to almost 782 square miles by adding seven U.S.-owned islands and tolls. The U.S. currently controls "more than 13 percent of the ocean area overseen by countries." The conference is focused on over-fishing, pollution, and ocean acidification caused by carbon dioxide emissions.
By Jordan Moses
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