President Obama signed a proclamation designating the largest marine reserve in the world completely off limits to development and commercial resource extraction, including commercial fishing. This will expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in 370,000 square nautical miles (490,000 square miles) of protected area around these tropical islands and atolls in the south-central Pacific Ocean.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted “Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas,” in New York City on September 25, 2014, a follow-on to the Secretary’s June 2014 Our Ocean conference. The Secretary’s participation reinforces U.S. leadership on climate change action during the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The event focused on the ocean as a foreign policy priority, specifically sustainable fishing and marine protected areas, and was co-hosted by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Mozambique Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi. This meeting brought together a diverse group of government, philanthropic, and civil society leaders.
To read the Secretary’s full remarks from the event, click here.