Marine Reserve Planned for Kermadec Islands

Fishing and mining ban for 620,000sq km around Kermadecs to be in force by late 2016.

The waters around the Kermadec Islands to the north of New Zealand will become one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world, Prime Minister John Key announced at the United Nations in late September.

“This is an area twice the size of our land mass and 50 times the size of our largest national park. It is truly a special place, and we want to keep it that way,” Mr Key said from New York.

“The new sanctuary will preserve the home of a huge range of species – millions of sea birds and whales and dolphins, endangered turtles and thousands of species of fish and other marine life will be better protected.”

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