Antarctica Gets World's Largest Marine Protected Area

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 12:10am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 28 2016, 12:16am CDT , in Latest Political News


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Antarctica Gets World's largest Marine Protected Area
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Deal reached to protect a large area of antarctica.

Today, the largest marine protected area in the world was created in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica This is a huge victory for the whales, penguins, and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans says Greenpeace.

The Ross Sea sanctuary becomes the biggest marine protected area in the world, covering 1,550,000km2, almost three quarters of which will be a fully-protected.

Ross Sea

Known as ‘the Last Ocean’, the Ross Sea has been identified by scientists as the most pristine shallow ocean left on earth. The Ross Sea has a time clause of 35 years. In 35 years CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) members will again need to decide on its future. The CCAMLR is the international body responsible for stewardship of Antarctic waters.

The Ross Sea win comes on the heels of President Obama’s decision to expand the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, making it - until now - the world’s largest marine protected area.

"As big as these new sanctuaries are, the ocean is bigger still. Despite a pledge at the World Conservation Congress this summer to protect 30% of our oceans by 2030, we have a long way to go to meet that target - and Greenpeace is pushing for more, with a goal of setting aside 40% of our world’s oceans as fully-protected sanctuaries," says Greenpeace.

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