Marine Reserve just announced in Chile's waters - Tucson News Now

Marine Reserve just announced in Chile's waters

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New space was just set aside for marine wildlife to roam without interference. This new space is in the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Chile.

The new marine reserve is joining two recently issued spots designated to marine protection. The United States and United Kingdom both designated other spots in the Pacific within the last two years.

This new area will be called the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park. It will be shaped like Pac-Man and will protect temperature species of fish and plants life in the water.

Fishing will be prohibited within the Pac-Man shaped region, but in the wedge fishing will still be permitted. This will actually give scientists a good understanding on how fishing affects the ocean compared to protected areas that do not allow fishing.

The size of all protected areas in the Pacific will now be roughly 900,000 square miles, or larger than the size of Alaska. On a depressing note, the size of the world's forests have decreased by that same size in the last 15 years (IFLS).

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