U.S. Announces Plans to Combat Illegal Fishing and Other Steps to Protect Oceans

President Obama sent a videotaped message and Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Our Ocean conference in Chile.

By IAN URBINA

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced plans on Monday to step up the fight against illegal fishing, pollution and other crimes at sea, including the creation of two new national marine sanctuaries, one in Maryland and the other in Lake Michigan, the first in 15 years.

Administration officials also said they intended to expand the use of satellites that track illegal activity by detecting night lights used by fishermen to attract fish, and committed to better track all seafood that enters American ports.

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