Antarctic sanctuary denied

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New Zealand has been voted down in its plan to turn Antarctica’s Ross Sea into the world’s largest marine protected area.

It is the third time that the idea, put forward by New Zealand and America has been denied.

A proposal is for a 1.3 million square kilometre marine reserve close to the Antarctic.

Russia, with support from Ukraine, voted against the move at a meeting  for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Resources in Australia.

They were concerned about the size of the reserve and fishing restrictions.

If the plan had been approved, the Ross Sea would have become the world’s largest marine protected area.

The New Zealand team will regroup wand see if anything needs to be changed before trying again at the next meeting, expected to be in October 2014.

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