Pakistan Declares Its Largest Island a Marine Protected Area

The provincial government of Baluchistan on June 15th declared Astola Island — the largest island in Pakistan, as the countries first Marine Protected Area due to its biodiversity significance.

The declaration of Marine Protected Area’s is an international obligation of the federal government under the Convention on Biological Diversity. It means that there would be a restriction of human activity on the island for conservation purposes.

The Island spans over an area of 6.7 km2, and is located 25 km off the coast of Pasni, a fishing port town in Gwadar district of the Balochistan province.

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