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China forms 9 more marine parks, 42 in all

China has announced the formation of nine state-level marine parks to protect the marine environment, bringing the total number to 42. The new parks are located in the provinces of Liaoning, Shandong, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan, China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) circular said. 

The SOA has ordered local marine authorities to start demarcating the parks and not to arbitrarily adjust or change their boundaries. The SOA has stressed the need to improve protection of the marine environment when tourism and aquaculture activities are conducted in the parks. 
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