World’s Largest Ocean Sanctuary In Antarctica Gets Support From Krill Fishing Industry·
The creation of the world’s biggest ocean sanctuary, protecting a huge tract of remote seas around Antarctica, has come a step closer after major fishing companies came out in favour of the plan.
A global campaign – spearheaded by Greenpeace and backed by 1.7 million people – had put massive pressure on the krill fishing industry and retailers amid fears it was endangering one of the world’s last great wildernesses, undermining the global fight against climate change.
On Monday evening that pressure appeared to have paid off when companies responsible for 85% of krill fishing in Antarctic waters announced a “voluntarily permanent stop” to their operations in key areas, including the proposed sanctuary and “buffer zones” around penguin breeding grounds.
“The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing,” said Frida Bengtsson, of Greenpeace’s Protect the Antarctic campaign. “This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit.”
Krill are small crustaceans that play a key part in the delicate Antarctic food chain.
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