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S. Africa sets up first offshore marine protection zone

South Africa has turned two small islands in the southern Indian Ocean into its first offshore marine protected area, the environment ministry said Tuesday. The protected status for the windswept Prince Edward islands, lying 1,777 kilometres (1,104 miles) from the South African mainland, aims in part to help toothfish populations recover. Served in restaurants as Chilean sea bass, toothfish is known as "white gold" and has fallen prey to illegal fishing.

US aims to protect Antarctic amid calls for fishing ban

US Secretary of State John Kerry joined forces Monday with Australia and New Zealand to call for marine sanctuaries in Antarctica, as conservationists sought a fishing ban in the pristine seas. "Antarctica is a collection of superlatives. It's the highest, coldest, the windiest, the driest, the most pristine and the most remote place on Earth," Kerry told a gathering organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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