President Obama will advocate for a large portion of the central Pacific Ocean to become off limits to fishing and energy exploration. His proposal as announced would create the world's largest marine sanctuary, doubling the amount of ocean that is already protected globally. This ocean conservation effort is being led by Secretary of State John Kerry and White House counselor John Podesta.
Also with this proposal, Obama will urge federal agencies "to develop a comprehensive program aimed at combating seafood fraud and the global black-market fish trade."
The administration expects to face off with commercial fishermen over the proposal. The area is used by tuna fishermen, accounting for 3 percent of their total tuna catch in the Western and Central Pacific each year. In order to combat the opposition, the Commerce and Interiors Department will study and hear from the public in regards to fishing in this area over the summer.