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Did you know that New Zealand is going to create one of the largest marine protected areas on the planet? The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, which will span 620,000 square miles of the South Pacific Ocean, will be one of Earth's foremost fully protected marine ecosystems, featuring 150 types of fish, 35 species of whales and dolphins, and three types of sea turtles. This amazing area is considered vital in terms of biodiversity and it's particularly remarkable in terms of geology, due to the fact that it sits on the world's largest chain of submerged ocean volcanoes and the second deepest ocean trench (10 km deep, which is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall!). All types of recreational and commercial fishing will be banned in the area, as will any type of mineral mining and oil prospecting. Opponents of the sanctuary express concern over the issue of imposing a cost on the mining and fishing industries so important to the New Zealand economy, but the prime minister of New Zealand John Key counters this point by saying, "creating protected areas will support not only our fisheries, but also those of our Pacific neighbors, adding to New Zealand's efforts to help grow Pacific economies through the responsible management of our ocean resources."

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Kermadec ocean sanctuary enters a growing number of ocean reserves in the Pacific, including three existing sanctuaries protected by the US, UK, and Australia, respectively. Matt Rand, director of the Pew Charitable Trust's global ocean legacy campaign, states that "this commitment is an exciting step toward meeting global goals to safeguard at least 30% of the ocean through fully protected marine preserves." At Water Gallery, we believe that preserving our ocean and marine life are at the forefront of protecting our planet and it's stories like this that give us hope!

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.

8 comments

Feb 09, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Very cool!

Oct 08, 2015 • Posted by Connie

So happy to hear this!

Oct 07, 2015 • Posted by Denise H

Wow! That’s a huge area! We need more countries to step up this way!

Oct 06, 2015 • Posted by Orla Donlyn

Awesome, I saw my first whale in New Zealand, magical place with caring people who love nature.

Oct 05, 2015 • Posted by Misti W.

That’s great news! Now if we could only get SeaWorld to stop marine mammal performances and increase the size of their tanks (and make the tanks look and sound more like the animals’ natural habitats). Oh, and tell PETA that releasing these orcas into the wild would cause more harm than good and to back the f*** off, because they do not know what they are talking about.

Sorry, I am very passionate on the subject and have been since 1995. It only got worse when PETA caught wind of Blackfish. I hate that organization.

Oct 05, 2015 • Posted by judith freund

Love Wayland bottles. Glad people want to conserve natures wonders

Oct 04, 2015 • Posted by Kasee Johnson

This is a giant leap in the right direction!

Oct 04, 2015 • Posted by Jami

Impressive!

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