Huge new ocean reserves announced in Mexico, Arctic; Mike Gaworecki; MongaBay

Mexico – Archipiélago de Revillagigedo
  • The past couple weeks have brought major news about two important marine protected area projects.
  • On November 24, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a decree creating the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park, protecting nearly 150,000 square kilometers (close to 58,000 square miles) from all fishing and extractive activities. It is said to be the largest ocean reserve ever created by Mexico.
  • Less than a week later, on the night of November 30, countries including Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States, among others, announced that they had reached an agreement to protect 2.8 million square kilometers (more than 1 million square miles) of the central Arctic Ocean from commercial fishing.

The past couple weeks have brought major news about two important new marine reserves.

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