A Giant New Marine Protected Area In the Atlantic Is Announced

It may be a small speck in the giant Atlantic Ocean, but Ascension Island announced on August 24th that it would protect the nearly 170,000 square miles of its national waters — turning them into a gigantic marine protected area.  In support of that announcement, the U.K. government announced plans to set aside 7 million pounds ($8.5 million) for marine conservation in Ascension, which is a British protectorate. 

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