09/10/2008 - An alliance of environmentalists, marine scientists and former navy officers urged Australia on Wednesday to establish a vast conservation area in the Coral Sea to protect marine animals, reefs and World War II history.
The Coral Sea Campaign proposes the creation of a 400,000-square-mile Coral Sea Heritage Park where fishing would be banned. If the federal government were to approve the park, it would be the world's largest protected marine area.
"Its environmental significance and its historic importance as the site of the battle that turned the tide of World War II in our region make the Coral Sea a treasure worth protecting for future generations," said Imogen Zethoven, director of the Coral Sea Campaign, which is led by the independent nonprofit Pew Environment Group.
Read the full article Australia Urged to Save Coral Sea Animals, History on the Associated Press Web site.