Ross Sea – Largest Marine Protected Area

  • Antartica’s Ross Sea was declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect the Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystem
  • The Ross Sea is one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the world. It covers 1.6 million square kilometers
  • MPA status to Ross Sea will bring blanket ban on commercial fishing across about three quarters of its area for 35 years.
  • Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean is home to 38% of the world’s Adelie penguins, 30% of world’s Antarctic petrels and around 6% of world’s population of Antarctic minke whales.
  • It is also home to huge numbers of krill, a staple food for species including whales and seals

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