New Zealand to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves

New Zealand is to create a new marine reserve in the South Pacific that is roughly the size of France.

Dolphins off the coast of New Zealand.

Dolphins off the coast of New Zealand. Image by Tomas Sobek / CC BY 2.0

The reserve will encompass the Kermadec Sanctuary, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, home to the second-deepest ocean trench as well as many endangered species such as dolphins, whales and turtles. Covering a massive 620,000 square kilometres of ocean between New Zealand and Tonga the reserve will be an important site for scientific discovery and conservation. Read more: voanews.com

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