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UK Looks to Preserve the Largest Marine Reserve in the World

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The United Kingdom will soon establish the largest marine reserve in the world around the coveted Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific. 

The UK recently announced the water around the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific will be off limits to mining, fishing, as well as oil and gas exploration.

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Covering 322,000 square miles, the marine reserve will be the largest in the world. The stretch of sea will become the second-largest nature preserve in the world. This marine reserve is the habitat of over 1,2000 species including endangered whales, endangered turtles, butterfly fish, and squirrel fish.

Awaiting finalization and concluding negotiations, the marine preserve will be protected by Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, the marine preserve will be monitored by remote technology via a private charity.

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UK Looks to Preserve the Largest Marine Reserve in the World