31 Dec '16, 11pm
Ten 2016 developments that will impact the health and safety of Earth’s #oceans. https://t.co/7WIjMPy2kQ
The Ross Sea Marine Protected Area, years in the making, was significant for the oceans on two important levels. First, this is the first protected area in Antarctica — a biodiverse region sometimes referred to as the ocean’s last wild frontier. Second, the move represents the first time nations have come together to protect an area of ocean outside of an individual nation’s national boundaries. This establishes a model that will be of great value to conservation initiatives currently being discussed in the United Nations concerning the possibility of establishing protected areas in other international waters. This matters, as the high seas account for over 60 percent of our global oceans.