31 Mar '17, 5pm

Four countries block protection of underwater forests in European Atlantic waters

Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Ireland and the European Commission have strongly opposed the inclusion of kelp forests in the OSPAR List of Threatened and or Declining Species and Habitats . Oceana, who have worked jointly with supportive countries for over two years on proposals to protect kelp, is extremely disappointed that political reasons continue obstructing OSPAR’s ability to tackle the impacts of climate change on Atlantic marine biodiversity. Climate change puts underwater forests at risk of extinction, particularly in southern Europe. Not one single species or habitat has been added to the list for nine years which was another reason Oceana took on the responsibility of preparing proposals to add kelp forests and haploops communities to the OSPAR list. By refuting science - in particular the threat of climate change to kelp forests - these countries showed no coopera...

Full article: http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/four-countr...

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