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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Treehugger Tuesday

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U.K. creates one of the largest marine protected area in Atlantic Ocean
Sarah Hicks and Sami Grover
August 30, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

Ascension Island lies in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly halfway between the coasts of Brazil and Africa. (Photo: kwest/Shutterstock)

The United Kingdom has declared roughly 170,000 square miles around Ascension Island a marine protected area. It's one of the largest such areas in the Atlantic Ocean, and a victory for some of the world's biggest blue marlin, bigeye tuna and green sea turtles.

Earlier this month, the local Ascension government declared the scope of the marine protected area, or MPA, which forbids commercial fishing and extractive mining but allows subsistence fishing by local communities. This week, the U.K. government set aside the money needed to make that a reality.

It's a big step toward a global goal of protecting 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

Read the entire article here.

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