OFFICIALS and scientists from around the world are meeting right now, in an effort to create the largest wildlife protection zone on the planet.
The proposed network of Marine Protection Areas would ban all fishing within a huge region of the Weddell Sea around Antarctica. It would cover an area of 1.8m km2, which is more than seven times the size of the entire UK.
The species that would benefit range all the way from tiny krill up to penguins, seals and huge animals like killer whales. Seabirds would benefit, too, as they often get caught up in fishing nets. The seabed there is also home to creatures that aren’t found anywhere else on Earth, such
as glass sponges and cold-water corals.
Environmental groups are all behind the proposals, which are being discussed at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
“I fully support the creation of a sanctuary in the Weddell Sea to ensure long-term protection for the precious wildlife that calls this area home,” said Environment Secretary Michael Gove.