U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures to Chile's President Michelle Bachelet during the "Our Ocean" conference at the Hotel Sheraton Miramar in Vina del Mar city, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
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Chile Monday said it would create one of the world's largest marine conservation parks, and Washington announced two new marine sanctuaries and a drive against illegal fishing to help protect the world's oceans.Overall, over 1 million square kilometers of ocean would be protected, Bachelet said.In a video address to the conference, U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States would create marine sanctuaries in Maryland and in an area off Wisconsin's Lake Michigan, and will take new action to combat illegal fishing.The proposed sites – a 36-square-kilometer section in the Mallows Bay-Potomac River waters of Maryland, and an 2,265-square-kilometer one in Lake Michigan, will be the first new national marine sanctuaries declared by the federal government since 2000 .
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