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WWF: Marine Reserve Expansion Will Protect Heart of Pacific Ocean Biodiversity

In response to news that President Obama will designate the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Michele Kuruc, acting senior vice president for marine conservation:

“By expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the President is safeguarding the heart of the central Pacific’s biodiversity. In protecting nearly a half million square miles of some of the most pristine waters on the planet, it’s clear that the President understands the importance of our oceans.

“His efforts to expand marine protected areas -- and his willingness to address the global issue of black market fishing -- are a sign that the President is willing to use the full power of his office to secure the long-term health of our oceans.”