Protecting Antarctica's Southern Ocean

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  • In the Southern Ocean, the World’s Largest Protected Area Just Got Real

    Antarctica and the Southern Ocean around it are awash in superlatives—the coldest and driest continent, the windiest seas. And now they add another: home to the largest protected area in the world. The Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area (MPA), which covers 2.06 million square kilometers (almost 800,000 square miles) enters into force today, one year after the 25 member governments of the... Read More

  • Protection for the Weddell Sea

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is considering a proposal that would create a marine reserve in the Weddell Sea covering 700,000 square miles (1.8 million square kilometers). The Weddell Sea is a remote, ice-covered embayment east of the Antarctic Peninsula, and one of the most pristine marine ecosystems in the world. This area is a unique habitat... Read More

  • Protection for the Antarctic Peninsula Region

    The Western Antarctic Peninsula and South Scotia Arc regions are some of the most biologically important areasof the Southern Ocean and have experienced the impacts of a changing climate more than almost anywhere elseon Earth. Regional warming is leading to changing weather conditions, substantial declines in sea ice formation,and winter habitat loss for wildlife such as Adélie and... Read More

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