Australia to protect wrecked Japanese ship
SYDNEY (AFP) - A Japanese pearling ship which has lain on the ocean floor off northern Australia for more than 70 years will be protected for its historical significance, the government said on Sunday.
The Sanyo Maru, the only known wreck of a Japanese pearling mothership in Australian waters, will be enclosed within a 200-hectare protected zone, Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Butler said.
"We must ensure the protection of this unique shipwreck, an important part of Australian history," Mr Butler said.
"The lack of historical and contemporary information about the pearl shell trade in Australia reinforces the necessity of protecting the wreck of the Sanyo Maru and its relics as a significant part of Australian and Japanese shared maritime history."