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Vast marine conservation area created

Updated: 2012-11-17 08:08
By Martin Parry in Sydney ( China Daily)

Australia on Friday created the world's largest network of marine reserves, protecting a huge area of ocean environment despite claims it will devastate the fishing industry.

The announcement, after years of planning and consultation, will significantly expand the protection of creatures such as the blue whale, green turtle and critically endangered populations of gray nurse sharks.

The scale of the plan, which will cover more than 2.3 million square kilometers in six marine regions, was first made public in June.

Vast marine conservation area created