US shutdown end boosts hopes for Antarctic reserve
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2009 file photo provided by Aurora Expeditions, an inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula. The U.S. government shutdown is threatening a long-awaited deal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica. Americans are among the biggest supporters of the proposal, but they might not make it to the negotiating table. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined his counterparts from other nations in calling for the sanctuary to proceed. But the U.S. had apparently already suspended travel plans for its delegation. If they don't make it, the proposal probably will be put on hold until next year at least. (AP Photo/Aurora Expeditions, Andrew Halsall, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:00 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A long-awaited deal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica appears to have survived a last-second obstacle - the U.S. government shutdown - and could be approved next week.
The U.S., New Zealand and other countries have sought a sanctuary in the pristine waters of the Ross Sea for the past decade, and there are hopes that previous objectors Russia and Ukraine will agree to a new, smaller proposal when the nations that regulate Antarctic fishing meet next week in Hobart, Australia.
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