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Pacific Nation Bans Fishing in One of World’s Largest Marine Parks

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“The ocean is a bank account in which everybody withdraws but nobody makes a deposit. The protected marine reserves are like savings with interest.”

This is what National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala had to say about the recent fishing ban.

* Kiribati—a chain of islands about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji—announced Monday that commercial fishing will end in 2015.

* The tiny island nation controls a vast area of the Pacific Ocean has announced it will ban all commercial fishing in a massive marine park that is the size of California.

* About as large as California, the park contains pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds. The region is uninhabited, save for about 50 people living on one of the atolls.

Less than 2 percent of the ocean is currently protected, yet the ocean supports the livelihoods of up to 12 percent of the world’s population. About half the world’s population depends on seafood for a significant portion of its protein.

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