World’s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

92114287_pmf_wellerpics_10_raw_km_rm_7035_483713-1Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years.

Environmentalists have welcomed the move to protect what’s said to be the Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystem. They hope it will be the first of many such zones in international waters.

Read the full article in BBC News