World’s largest protected marine area

Date: 1/10/2008

Australia’s federal government is being urged to establish a vast conservation area in the Coral Sea to protect marine animals, reefs and World War II history. The campaign proposes the creation of a 1 million-square-kilometre Coral Sea Heritage Park where fishing would be banned. If approval is given, it will be the world’s largest protected marine area. The sea, hosting more than 25 coral reefs and a network of underwater mountains and canyons, is historically important as the site of the pivotal 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea. ’

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