Tiny Island Chain Wants To Create The World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary

In an effort to protect fisheries and preserve one of the planet’s healthiest marine ecosystems, communities in a remote archipelago south of Tahiti are working to establish the largest fully protected marine reserve on the planet. The proposal, which municipalities in the Austral Islands presented to the French Polynesian government on Monday, would ban fishing in more than 385,000 square miles of ocean surrounding the island chain and establish sustainable coastal fishing areas around each of its five inhabited islands. The Pew Charitable Trusts, which helped the communities draft their proposal, said in an announcement on Tuesday that islanders hope

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