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The tiny Pacific nation of Tokelau has outlawed whaling in its 116,000-square-mile (290,000-square-kilometer) exclusive economic ocean zone. www.zimbio.com/Environmental+Issues/articles/nGxU5mPxkOi/Tiny+Tokelau+declares+11th+Pacific+whale+sanctuary

The tiny Pacific nation of Tokelau has outlawed whaling in its 116,000-square-mile (290,000-square-kilometer) exclusive economic ocean zone. www.zimbio.com/Environmental+Issues/articles/nGxU5mPxkOi/Tiny+Tokelau+declares+11th+Pacific+whale+sanctuary

Amanpulo on Pamalican is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, situated in the north of the Philippine province of Palawan. Located 288 kilometres south of Manila, Pamalican is five kilometres long and only 500 metres across at its widest point.

Amanpulo, Philippines

Aman Resort in Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines. The entire island is dedicated to this resort.

The Dutch government announced this month that the waters surrounding Bonaire and Saba in the Caribbean Sea will become shark sanctuaries. Once they are implemented, all commercial shark fishing will be prohibited up to 200 nautical miles surrounding Saba and Bonaire, a combined total of 22,382 square kilometers (8,816 square miles). Article: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/news-room/news/2015/09/02/shark-sanctuaries-announced-around-dutch-caribbean-islands / Image: Michael Patrick O'Neill

A female Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, swims next to the Esso Bonaire shipwreck offshore Jupiter, Florida, United States

Together the two Chilean marine parks would cover an area greater than 1,000,000 sq km, the president said. Chile opened the Our Ocean conference by declaring a 243,630-square-mile (631,368-square-kilometer) sanctuary around Easter Island in the Pacific off its eastern coast. These waters are a spawning ground for tuna, shark, marlin and swordfish. The Rapa Nui …

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Shark view Credit: Federico Cabello  The sanctuary consists of 854 square miles (2,211 square kilometers) of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the Los Roques Archipelago.

Shark view Credit: Federico Cabello The sanctuary consists of 854 square miles square kilometers) of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the Los Roques Archipelago.

Fregate island Private - The Fregate Island is Seychelles’ true sanctuary. On only three square kilometres there are 2200 Giant Aldabra Tortoises roaming free and hundred thousands of tropical birds, more than 100 species nesting. On the island there are only sixteen luxuriously appointed Private Pool Residences, and the whole island can be rented privately. There are seven pristine beaches, one frequently voted “most beautiful in the world”.

TOP 10 Most Beautiful Private Islands on the Seychelles

New Zealand and the United States proposed a Ross Sea reserve area of 2.6 million square kilometres - seven times the size of Germany. Australia, France and the European Union want marine protected areas in East Antarctica covering about 1.63m sq km. If approved, the marine sanctuaries north of Antarctica would have been the biggest marine reserves in the world. Go to: www.3news.co.nz

It looks like drilling through miles of ice may have paid off: The Russian scientists who did just that last year at Antarctica’s Lake Vostok say the samples they recovered contain an “unclassified and unidentified” life form,

Stuff.co.nz: Fully-protected marine area will cover 620,000 km2 in the seas north-east of New Zealand in the Kermadec region

New Zealand creates vast ocean sanctuary

New Zealand has unveiled plans to create a South Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France, saying it would protect one of the world's most pristine ocean environments.

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Reef sharks in the Gardens of the Queen (Noel Lopez Fernandez)