NEW ZEALAND TO CREATE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN SANCTUARY
New Zealand announced that it plans to create the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, set to be one of the world’s largest, through a full ban on fishing and mining. The sanctuary will be 239,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of France. The area is currently home to endangered species such as dolphins, turtles, and whales. The announcement came as a surprise to New Zealand’s seafood industry and mining firms because it will preclude companies from gaining rights in the protected area. This announcement followed attempts by Australia and New Zealand to institute the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off the coast of Antarctica that failed due to actions taken by China and Russia. For the full story, see http://www.smh.com.au/world/new-zealand-to-create-giant-ocean-sanctuary-20150929-gjxkr6.html.