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    Obama Announces Initiative to Protect Pacific Ocean

    Obama Announces Initiative to Protect Pacific Oceani
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    June 18, 2014 4:15 AM
    President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative to protect parts of the Pacific Ocean from overfishing and environmental damage. He announced his plan in a video message to an international conference on the oceans at the U.S. State Department. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Zlatica Hoke
    President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative to protect parts of the Pacific Ocean from overfishing and environmental damage. He announced his plan in a video message to an international conference on the oceans at the U.S. State Department. 
     
    For years, scientists and environmentalists have warned that oceans are deteriorating because of human activity, mostly pollution and overfishing, but political leaders have lacked the will to do much about it. The Obama administration is now taking a step towards finding a solution. 
     
    Obama announced Tuesday that he is directing the federal government to create a national strategy to combat illegal fishing and pollution in the Pacific Ocean.
     
    "Pollution endangers marine life, overfishing threatens whole species as well as the people who depend on them for food and their livelihoods.  If we ignore these problems, if we deplete our oceans of their resources, we won't just be squandering one of the humanities greatest treasures, we'll be cutting off one of the world's major sources of food and economic growth including for the United States, and we cannot afford to let that happen," said Obama.
     
    Obama's videotaped message was shown during the "Our Ocean" conference at the U.S. State Department.
     
    Some of the possible measures, such as bans on fishing and industrial exploration in parts of the central Pacific, are expected to spark political battles in Washington.
     
    "I'm going to use my authority as president to protect some of our most precious marine landscapes, just like we do for mountains, rivers and forests," said Obama.
     
    Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, an environmental activist, supports the effort.
     
    "Several billion people a year depend on seafood as a source of protein and yet we are failing to protect these vital waters. If we don't do something to save our oceans now, it won't be just the sharks and the dolphins that will suffer, it will be all of us, including our children and our grandchildren," said DiCaprio.
     
    Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the conference, attended by members of the international oceans community, government ministers, scientists and advocates.
     
    "We have today received commitments for action in over [$1.45 billion] and that is all directed at this ocean effort," said Kerry.
     
    Kerry also announced progress on efforts to get the required number of nations needed to ratify an international port law that would prevent illegally caught fish from going to market.
     
    President Obama's proposal is due to go into effect later this year.

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    by: Patrick from: California
    June 18, 2014 1:58 AM
    Way to go mr president, we need more bold protection of this kind! Let's leave a planet for our future generations we can be proud of!

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