OTTAWA The largest freshwater marine protected
area in the world is being set up off the northern shores of
Lake Superior, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced
The national marine conservation area will encompass more
than 10,000 sq. km (3,900 sq. miles) of Lake Superior, the
biggest of the Great Lakes, including lake bed, islands and
The area -- about the size of Lebanon -- stretches to the
east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and down to the Canada-U.S.
border, north of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The area seeks to balance environmental protection with
preserving the livelihood of local residents who work in marine
industries such as commercial and sport fishing and shipping.