World’s Largest Marine Reserve Created In Antarctica

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 9:24am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

World’s Largest Marine Reserve Created in Antarctica
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  • The Antarctic Marine Reserve was Formed by Opposing Nations
 

It appears to be the case that the Antarctic Marine Reserve was formed by opposing nations.

A large marine reserve was built in the Antarctic. It will offer protection to 600,000 square miles of marine territory. This will form the largest area of marine wildlife on earth. It lies across the Ross Sea.

24 countries along with the European Union managed to accomplish the task. Their representatives made the announcement in Hobart, Australia. This was after a fortnight of talks. This reserve will have protected status for a period of 35 years.  

The Ross Sea Region will be a measure to safeguard the last area of marine wilderness in its raw state. The marine biodiversity includes penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and fish.

Senator John Kerry spoke of how the world was finally gaining the savvy to face the threats to the planetary wildlife. Fishing will be banned in 425,000 square miles of the Ross Sea.

As for the rest of the region, it will be employed as a research station. A meager amount of fishing will be allowed, but it will only be for scientific reasons, according to HuffingtonPost.  

Outside the boundaries of the reserve, commercial fishing will be allowed. Over 10,000 species thrive in the region. Seals, krill and colossal squid comprise the marine wildlife found in this area.

After five years of failed parleys, 25 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources finally chalked out a plan for the building of this reserve.

This is the first time that such a protected area has been cordoned off in international waters. The reason behind the delays was China and Russia which had laid down objections to the formation of the marine reserve.

They didn’t want fishing in their territories. Nevertheless, as they say, better late than never. It is a victory for environmentalists and Nature conservationists.

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