The area is a source of food in the vast expanse of the ocean and a spawning ground for tuna, shark, marlin and swordfish.
After years of trying, Hong Kong panda Ying Ying is finally expecting a cub.
The country plans to cordon off a South Pacific reserve the size of France.
The announcement was welcomed by conservationists, who, citing its detrimental impact on wildlife, have long been pushing for an all-out ban.
Only about 100 Sumatran rhinos are believed to exist in the entire world so the pregnancy is seen as tremendously good news.
Conservationists hope the success of a partnership between a university and a wildlife sanctuary can save the endangered animal.
The new mom is one of eight rhinos relocated from Zimbabwe in June.
The animal, which patrolled Indonesia's jungles to help protect threatened habitats, has been killed for his tusks.
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