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AUSTRALIA will today declare the world’s biggest marine reserve.

The controversial decision to protect more than 2.3 million sq km of ocean in marine parks will be announced by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke today, theCairns Post reports.

Furious fishers, charter operators and aquarium collectors say the move will doom their trade and end in a skyrocketing price and more imported seafood for consumers.

Protect Our Coral Sea and marine conservation groups like the Pew Foundation welcome the proclamation as “one of the most significant” in the nation’s conservation history.

Under the plan, no new “on the water” changes will come into effect until July 2014 after the next federal election where the Coalition has promised to revoke any declaration.

The average recreational angler is unlikely to be affected with the closest new “no-go zones” 210km from Cairns.

Commercial operators in the Coral Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria…

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