Obama proposes vast expansion of Pacific Ocean sanctuaries for marine life

June 17, 2014 8:15 PM

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President Obama announced Tuesday his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.

The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.

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