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Marae Moana Becomes Reality

The Cook Islands is now the largest multi-use marine park in the world. Marae Moana – spanning a total ocean area of nearly two million square kilometres – became a reality on Tuesday 11th of July 2017.

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Marae Moana a “key strategy” for restoring the health of our oceans

Alan Friedlander is currently chief scientist for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, an initiative that focusses on marine protection and raising awareness about why it’s necessary.

The accomplished scientist, who has visited the Cook Islands before, kindly answered some questions about Marae Moana via email. His answers have been lightly edited.

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There are 136 identified coral species and some 650 species of fish in coral reefs of Marae Moana. Twenty two cetacean species have been observed in the open ocean.


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“Rights Of The Ocean Need To Be Explored”

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