Posts tagged oceans
Ascension Island Soon to Be the Atlantic Ocean’s Largest Marine Protected Area

National Geographic

August 26, 2019
On August 24 the council of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, announced its support for the designation of a giant marine reserve around Ascension Island. At 440,000 square kilometers, the new reserve will be by far the largest in the Atlantic Ocean (roughly the size of the state of California). Once established, the marine protected area (MPA) will bring the highest level of protection to this region’s exceptional biodiversity by prohibiting commercial fishing and extractive industries.

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The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under a Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty

Gizmodo

August 20, 2019
Academics and activists have come together to propose a Global Ocean Treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The treaty is calling for world leaders to raise that to 30 percent by 2030, a number many scientists and groups have agreed on is necessary to keep biodiversity and fish populations healthy. The high seas—which make up 63 percent of the world’s oceans area but aren’t owned or managed by any single country—are particularly in need of protection.

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