Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

An alliance of conservation groups has combined forces to advocate at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which manages the ocean around Antarctica, in favor of creating at its virtual meeting this year a trio of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 1.5 million square miles, or 1% of the world’s ocean. 

Why this Matters:  The Southern Ocean is vital in regulating the world’s climate — its “conveyer belt” of currents keep Antarctica cold while keeping the rest of the world warm.

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Celebrating 4 Years of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts click button

Celebrating 4 Years of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts

Today marks the 4th birthday of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument which was created by President Obama in 2016. The monument is the first fully protected marine area in the US Atlantic Ocean and is special because it home to precious marine ecosystems and species like fragile deep-sea corals, diverse schools of fish […]

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A Giant New Marine Protected Area In the Atlantic Is Announced

A Giant New Marine Protected Area In the Atlantic Is Announced

It may be a small speck in the giant Atlantic Ocean, but Ascension Island announced on August 24th that it would protect the nearly 170,000 square miles of its national waters — turning them into a gigantic marine protected area.  In support of that announcement, the U.K. government announced plans to set aside 7 million pounds ($8.5 million) for marine conservation in Ascension, which is a British protectorate. 

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