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The Obama administration is expected to announce a plan Tuesday to expand sections of the central Pacific Ocean that are off-limits to fishing, energy exploration, and other human activities. The Washington Post , which reported the story, said the plan “could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.” The Post continued: “Under the proposal, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument would be expanded from almost 87,000 square miles, to nearly 782,000 square miles — all of it adjacent to seven islands and atolls controlled by the United States. The designation would include waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore from the territories.”

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