New Zealand has revealed plans to turn a region of the South Pacific into a marine reserve in regards to the size of France.
North of the mainland lies and features a chain of underwater volcanoes and islands.
The statement was made by Prime Minister John Key in Nyc at the United Nations General Assembly.
Fishing and mining is going to be prohibited in what Mr Key called “among the very geographically and geologically different divisions on the planet.”
“New Zealanders worth our shores and oceans, which are a vital element of our customs, economy and environment and we’re dedicated to handling them sustainably,” he said in a statement.
The government is planning to pass laws next year to make the marine reserve.
It includes the 10-kilometer deep Kermadec trench, among the deepest ocean trenches on earth, and is rich in sealife including endangered turtles, dolphins, whales and sea birds.
Map revealing the new marine reserve that is Kermadec ZealandImage copyrightPew Environment Group
Environmentalists welcomed the move.
However, fishing and mining companies have surprised.