28 Feb '12, 7pm

Alliance Seeks Vast Marine Reserves in Antarctic

Antarctic Ocean Alliance An environmental coalition wants 19 zones in the region to gain protection. On another marine front: Frustrated with the pace of the United Nations group charged with protecting Antarctic waters, a coalition of environmental groups announced its own initiative on Tuesday, calling for the creation of what would be the world’s largest network of marine reserves in the Southern Ocean. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance , which includes environmental and conservation organizations like Greenpeace, WWF, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the American oceanographer Sylvia Earle, is proposing that 19 areas be set aside as marine protected areas or no-take zones where fishing and mineral exploration are prohibited. Many fisheries scientists argue that such reserves offer the best hope for restoring ecosystems stressed by overfishing, pollution and...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/alliance-seeks-...

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