30 Nov '17, 10pm

Ocean Conservancy Welcomes Historic Agreement Reached to Protect Central Arctic Ocean

Washington, D.C. – Officials from 10 countries reached agreement today on an historic international accord that will protect 1.1 million square miles of the Central Arctic Ocean. Once signed, the legally binding agreement will prevent commercial fishing in the region for at least 16 years while scientific research is conducted to learn more about its marine life. “For the first time, nations are committing to scientific research in a high seas area before commercial fishing begins,” said Scott Highleyman (@sdhighleyman ), vice-president of conservation policy and programs at Ocean Conservancy who also served on the U.S. delegation negotiating the agreement. “This precautionary action recognizes both the pace of change in the Arctic due to climate change as well as the tradition of Arctic cooperation across international boundaries.” Officials from United States, Canada, No...

Full article: https://oceanconservancy.org/news/ocean-conservancy-welco...

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