Move over Papahanaumokuakea ….
The Associated Press: World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared: “World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared
By RAY LILLEY – Feb 13, 2008
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area Thursday — a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds.
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, or PIPA, lies about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji and also includes undersea mountains. It will conserve one of the Earth’s last intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems.
Kiribati Environment Minister Tetapo Nakara said the government wanted to conserve the area’s ‘biological diversity.'”