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Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 17, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a huge stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.

Aiming to protect marine wildlife, Obama will also direct the government to create a program to deter illegal fishing. The executive steps come as Obama is searching for ways to leave his second-term mark on the environment despite opposition from many Republicans in Congress.

Obama was to announce the steps Tuesday in a video message to those participating in an "Our Ocean" conference that the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry are hosting.

Officials said Obama is considering an expansion to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The protected waters surround a group of mostly uninhabited islands, controlled by the U.S., that sit between Hawaii and American Samoa.

But the White House hasn't settled on the final boundaries for the preserve. The administration said it planned to solicit input from fishermen, scientists, politicians, experts in conservation and others before the new protections take effect.

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