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Zandberg: Israel’s marine protected areas to double

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Unusual corals like this one have been discovered in the deep sea area of the Palmachim Disturbance 30 kilometers off the Tel Aviv coast. (Haifa University Department of Marine Biology)
Unusual corals like this one have been discovered in the deep sea area of the Palmachim Disturbance 30 kilometers off the Tel Aviv coast. (Haifa University Department of Marine Biology)

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg announces that she will soon declare a new marine protected area in the Mediterranean Sea, doubling the size of such areas within Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone — a band of water stretching 200 miles into the sea.

The Palmachim Disturbance lies 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) west of Tel Aviv and its depth varies from 450 to 1,200 meters (1,500 to 3,900 feet). In geology, a disturbance is a linear zone of rock strata that reflects processes of folding and faulting.

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