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Oct. 31 - 2016

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCRVMA) decided to create a protected marine area to conserve 1,55 millions of Km2 in the Ross sea. The idea born from a USA/New Zealand proposal and all of the members countries decided to support it.

This will be the biggest protected marine area in the world, a real victory for penguins, Weddell seals and killer whales among other species. The area is very important for science research: It shows how marine ecosystems works and the impact of climatic change in oceans.

 Even when It took five years of compromises and failed negotiations to arrive to this result, two proposals to create others marine protected areas in Weddell sea and oriental Antartic are in debate.

Here are some interesting facts about the agreement:
  • The protections are set to expire in thirty-five years.
  • It is the first marine park created in international waters
  • The Southern Ocean produces about three-quarters of the nutrients that sustain life in the rest of the world’s oceans. That’s the reason why it needs protection from all of us.
  • Many scientists consider the Ross Sea to be the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth
  • This protection is not about decreasing the total amount of fish allowed to be caught in the Ross Sea, but about to move the fishing industry from the most crucial habitats.
As part of the compromise, there will be special zones where fishing from krill and toothfish will be allowed for research purposes

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