After five years of work led by the previous National Government with the United States, the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea region of the Antarctic has today come into force, National Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

“The Ross Sea is one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and the Marine Protected Area will help to safeguard this,” Mr Brownlee says.

“The previous National Government played a leading role in intense negotiations to get the unanimous agreement of 24 countries and the European Union to establish the Marine Protected Area.

“This significant achievement represents a major contribution to global marine protection. We fought hard for it because National is committed to protecting our environment for future generations.

“It’s a shame the new Government won’t continue the work we’ve done to establish New Zealand as a world leader in environmental and marine protection and create the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.”

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