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By: Sarah Sharkey
Mexico has created a new marine park, and it is the size of Illinois. The park is in the Pacific and is the largest in North America. The park will provide a refuge to many beloved species such as whales, turtles, giant rays and more.
The national park was created in November by Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s President. The park is centered around the Revillagigedo Archipelago, which is 242 miles southeast of the Baja California peninsula. The Revillagigedo Archipelago consists of four volcanic islands that are home to hundreds of species.
The nickname for this archipelago is the Galapagos of North America, which should give you some idea of its beauty and diversity. The park will encompass 57,143 square miles and includes a breeding ground for commercially important fish such as tuna. It is hoped that this newly created safety will allow fish populations to recover from extensive commercial fishing.
There will be no fishing allowed on the island at all now. That rule will be enforced by the Environment Ministry and the Navy through surveillance and monitoring of the island. There will be new hotels built though to accommodate those who wish to see the astonishing beauty of this new national park.
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