Marine Reserve in Coral Sea
The Australian government plans to establish the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the protected zone would cover an area more than one and a half times the size of France. New fishing limits would be imposed and exploration for oil and gas banned. Under the plans, fishing (commercial and recreational) would be allowed in some areas of the reserve. The Coral Sea reserve, if approved, would be approximately 989,842 sq.km.