Recently New Zealand has introduced plans to create a South Pacific marine reserve the size of France. As declare the authorities, this reserve will protect one of the world's largest ocean ecosystems and unspoilt underwater world.
According to Prime Minister John Kay at the next meeting in the United Nations reserve, which was named the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, will cover an area of 620 thousand square kilometers, and will be located at a distance of about 1,000 kilometers off the northeastern coast of New Zealand.
The territory covered by the reserve is the habitat for thousands of species of fish, including whales, dolphins, seabirds, and turtles under threat of complete or partial extinction. In addition, the conservation area is the world's longest underwater volcanic arc and the second depth of the ocean trench 10 km deep.
It is expected that the marine reserve will be completely prohibited fishing and mining. But scientists will continue to conduct in a protected area their research work and explore the underwater environment and even possibly discover new species of marine animals.
The decision of New Zealand at the opening of a new marine reserve has caused positive reactions among environmental organizations, who said that the move will greatly expand the protected areas from the Pacific ocean to 2.5 million square kilometers. "This decision puts our country at the forefront of world leaders for the protection of the marine environment", – said the head of the world wildlife Fund New Zealand, Chris Howe. published
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