In brief: Proposed marine reserve gets boost
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – An international push to create a giant marine sanctuary in Antarctica has gotten a big boost after the United States and New Zealand resolved their dispute over fishing.
The two countries on Monday submitted a joint proposal for a Ross Sea reserve to the international organization that regulates fishing in Antarctica. They’d earlier submitted competing proposals that stood little chance of success.
Both countries have touted an Alaska-sized sanctuary but previously couldn’t agree on fishing rules and boundaries.
The 24 nations and the European Union are currently meeting in Australia and will likely decide on the proposal later this week.
Elephant herd kills Vietnamese cop
HANOI, Vietnam – A herd of elephants has trampled to death a police officer in a central Vietnamese jungle.
The victim and two other men went into the jungle Saturday to look for apricot trees. The director of the elephant conservation center in Daklak province said more than 20 wild elephants attacked the men as they returned home that night.
Huynh Trung Luan said two of the men escaped unhurt. The 42-year-old policeman was found dead Sunday morning.
Luan said the herd became more aggressive after two of its members were killed by villagers in August.
There are an estimated 140 wild elephants in Vietnam, down dramatically several decades ago due to hunting.