Australia began the first steps to create the world’s biggest marine park on Friday.
The new park in the Coral Sea will cover almost 1 million square kilometers off of Australia’s northwest coast, the Environmental News Network reported. It will help to protect fish, coral reefs, nesting sites for sea birds, and sea turtles.
The protected area is also the site of the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea. The battle included Japanese, American, and Australian forces in 1942. According to Environmental Minister Tony Burke, the site includes three sunken U.S. ships: the USS Lexington, the USS Sims, and the USS Neosho.
The Australian government will finalize the limits of the marine park within the next 90 days.