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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 9:09am
President Obama announces a plan to create the world's largest marine preserve in the Pacific Ocean.
The President unveiled the plan in a video message at the State Department's "Our Ocean" Conference. The proposal will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Central Pacific.
The area contains some of the world's most pristine tropical marine environments. Former President George W. Bush created the 87-thousand square mile preserve in 2009. Now President Obama is expanding it to more than 780-thousand square miles. The President compared the action to the protections currently afforded to U.S. Mountains, rivers and forests.