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The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, need urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say. Click on the link below to read the full article. 
The Pacific Island region and its communities are vulnerable as they are particularly threatened by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.Click on the link below to read the full story.
A Hawaii-based fishing council has lobbied for years to block or scale back marine monuments. It may soon get its wish.Click on the link below to read the full article.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended changes to marine national monuments including Pacific Remote Islands.Click on the link below to read the full article.
Last month, the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands officially designated a 50-nautical mile buffer zone around its islands in which all commercial fishing is now off-limits. All together, the buffer zones total an area of more...