The Ross Sea becomes the world's largest protected marine park
The Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest protected marine park. This has been signed in Hobart today by 24 countries and the European Union. Fishing (including krill and whales) will be banned in a protected zone of the size of France and Spain combined.
Scientists have estimated that the Southern Ocean produces approximately three quarters of the nutrients that sustain life in the rest of the world’s oceans. Although this deal does not apply to the total Ross Sea area, the fishing industry will depart from the most vital habitat close to the coastline. Still, this Ross Sea agreement will have a tremendous effect on and will protect and positively develop the Antarctic, and at the same time, the world’s marine ecosystem.
Oceanwide Expeditions has been operating environmentally exploratory voyages in the Polar Regions, including the Ross Sea, since 1996. Apart from offering passengers an extraordinary experience, it has always been Oceanwide’s explicit goal to create awareness for the Polar Regions. Passengers on board Oceanwide’s vessels become important ambassadors for the Polar Regions.
A milestone for the protection of Antarctica
This agreement is a milestone for the protection of Antarctica and Oceanwide Expeditions is excited that this has been recognized by those governments. Together we try to maintain one of the world’s last wildernesses, a place that should be preserved for the next generations.
- World's largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal (Guardian)
- Antarctic sea becomes world's largest marine protected area (CNN)
Explore the Ross Sea Region
We very much would like to welcome you on board our vessel Ortelius in January – March 2017 to explore the fascinating – and now protected! – Ross Sea Region. This voyage will not be offered again before 2020, so this is your unique chance to explore.