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Argentina Bans Fishing, Drilling in New Marine Protected Areas

Dec. 13, 2018, 9:51 PM

About 40,000 square miles off the tip of South America would be off limits to fishing, energy development, and other activities under a bill Argentina’s Senate approved creating two marine protected areas.

The bill—part of a deal struck by Argentina’s major political forces on a number of legal measures—passed the Senate Dec. 12 in a 59-1 vote, a week after being approved in the lower house.

An official with the environment secretariat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dec. 13 the bill was being sent to President Mauricio Macri for signature and will be published ...