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Greenpeace Campaigns to Create Largest Protected Area on Earth

Activist environment champions Greenpeace has launched the “Protect the Antarctic” campaign to convince the world to declare 700,000 square miles of seas surrounding Antarctica the largest protected area in the history of conservation.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Amsterdam, Netherlands (4E) – Activist atmosphere champions Greenpeace has launched the “Protect the Antarctic” marketing campaign to persuade the world to declare 700,000 sq. miles of seas surrounding Antarctica the biggest protected space within the historical past of conservation.

Greenpeace argued this excessive step is required to avoid wasting fragile marine ecosystems and curb the harm to key planetary techniques from man-made local weather change that continues unabated, regardless of earnest efforts by a number of nations.

First proposed by the European Union, the marketing campaign will prohibit all fishing within the Weddell Sea and across the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to guard the diminishing numbers of krill, the small crustaceans whose uncountable numbers are the principle food plan of monster whales and different Arctic animals resembling penguins.

Industrial krill fishing in Southern Sea has killed off huge numbers of krill.

Krill are being fished in huge numbers within the Southern Ocean (together with Antarctica) and within the waters round Japan. The world’s whole world harvest quantities to some 200,000 metric tons yearly, most of this from the Scotia Sea, which is situated on the northern fringe of the Southern Ocean at its boundary with the South Atlantic Ocean.

Most of the krill caught are used for aquaculture and aquarium feeds; as bait in sport fishing, or by the pharmaceutical business.

Greenpeace will prod nations, particularly China, Russia, South Korea and Norway (all of which have giant krill fishing industries), to help the proposal. Should Greenpeace achieve success, the realm they need protected would be the largest of its form on the Earth.

Creating a sanctuary inside the waters of the Antarctic will assist to curb local weather change by permitting the seas to soak up carbon dioxide from the environment, mentioned scientists.

“The Antarctic is home to an abundance of wildlife,” mentioned Will McCallum, head of oceans for Greenpeace, on the group’s weblog.

“Whales, penguins and colossal squid are only a few of the numerous animals who name it residence. And it is not simply essential to animals — the well being of our oceans sustains our planet, and offers billions of individuals with their livelihoods. But threats from overfishing, plastic air pollution and local weather change imply we urgently want a community of sanctuaries the world over to revive our oceans’ well being.

“The next few years are absolutely essential for the future of our oceans and we are in desperate need for governments to come together and do what is best for these amazing ecosystems.”

McCallum mentioned world leaders should not permit an ocean wilderness to be exploited by a handful of corporations.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources consisting of 24 nations and the EU will meet in October to determine whether or not to undertake the plan.

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