Bush Plan: World's Largest Ocean Reserve, A Montana-Sized Chunk of Ocean Would Be Off Limits to Fishing Boats and Tourists in a Bid to Protect Fragile Reefs

Publication: Christian Science Monitor

Author: Peter N. Spotts

06/15/2006 - With the stroke of a pen, President Bush has established the largest ocean wildlife reserve in the world, centered along a string of islands, reefs, and atolls that stretch 1,400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands.Other reef systems, such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef, are larger. But only a third of that UN-designated World Heritage reef is protected, analysts say, leaving far more of it open to exploitation.

Joshua Reichert is quoted in the article.  

"This is an extraordinary act for any sitting president," enthuses Joshua Reichert, director of policy initiatives and the environment program for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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