31 Oct '16, 8am

World’s largest marine protected area created in Antarctica ~

World’s largest marine protected area created in Antarctica ~

Last week, 24 countries and the European Union unanimously agreed to create the world’s largest marine protected area off Antarctica. The deal was brokered at the meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. The new marine protected area (MPA), expected to come into force in December 2017, will set out to protect some 1.55 million square kilometers (~600,000 square miles) of the Ross Sea around Antarctica — an area more than the size of France, Germany and Spain combined. According to the agreement, 72 percent of the marine area — nearly 1.1 million square kilometers (~417,000 square miles) — will be set aside as a “no-take” zone, in which all forms of fishing will be banned. Special zones will be carved out where harvesting of krill and other fish will be allowed only for research purposes. The protecti...

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