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Kiribati, a pacific island nation, that has one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, defended a plan of opening to commercial fishing. It would threaten the World Heritage listing of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, a marine park covering more than 158,000 square miles which is almost the size of Greenland and located approximately halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. In 2015, it was declared a no-fishing zone but the government now wants to lift the ban for “sustainably use [of] marine resources.”

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