ALMATY (Reuters) - A Kazakh court on Friday sentenced three poachers to life in prison for murdering a state ranger who attempted to stop them from hunting endangered saiga antelope, a case that drew the attention of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

The court said the three men had assaulted two state rangers who pursued them in January 2019, one of whom then died from his wounds, the local news website reported.

The expansion of two large U.S. marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Pacific Ocean had no measurable economic effects on the fishing industry, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications, one of only a few studies to apply rigorous scientific methods to this issue.

The authors looked at longline commercial fishing by the Hawaii fleet around two of the largest protected areas on earth: The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI), south and east of Hawaii, which was expanded in 2014, and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which was enlarged in 2016. The expansions quadrupled the size of each of these MPAs, which together prohibit commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration across more than 2.7 million square kilometers (around 1.1 million square miles) of ocean.

The Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations have partnered with the federal and provincial government to protect southern mountain caribou in northeastern B.C. in a historic agreement Friday.

The southern mountain caribou used to roam the mountainous terrain of the Peace River Region in the thousands and thousands, but the caribou population has declined significantly over the past century.